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    Good evening all,

    I'm a new allotmenteer and novice when it comes to cultivating in the earth; my compulsion to grow things has previously been limited to the patio container!

    Currently in the ground is a patch of 'Sussex heritage' wheat as winter cover, and some broad beans.

    Peas are my focus for the coming season and I plan to save seed from some heritage varieties and try my hand at breeding, too. I know there is much to learn from this forum about this legume!

    Best,
    triffid.

  • #2
    Hi welcome to the forum. We do have experts on peas they should be around soon.

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    • #3
      Hello Triffid and welcome. I'm quite new here too but there are lots of knowledgeable people here to help you.

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      • #4
        Hi triffid and nice to meet you. Well it will be good to compare pea notes with you. What types of peas are you interested in? I grow all, but my main breeding interest is in mangetout and snap peas.

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        • triffid
          triffid commented
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          Mangetout are fantastic! Discovering Rebsie Fairholm's red-podded led me down this rabbit hole to the pea fanciers' domain. I've always thought peas and pea vines are quaint and lovely (to me the flowers and tendrils have a cute factor), but now I have an allotment I can get serious. A trait that has piqued my interest is multi-node blooms. Also breeding pretty flower colouration wasn't something I had considered until reading this forum. Apart from that I'm in it for the weird and wonderful!

      • #5
        Hello and Welcome Triffid, sounds like you have lots of lovely plans for the year ahead What heritage varieties are you planning on growing?

        ps love your avatar!

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        • triffid
          triffid commented
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          Thanks jayb!

          Perhaps too many - hope to make room for Rosakrone, Bijou, Kent Blue, Panthers, Freer's Mummy, Bullroyd Bean Pea, Stokesley, Robinson and Clark's Beltony Blue for saving seed. I trialed Champion of England and Golden Sweet last year - very tasty & are more widespread so if I grow those it'll be for the table.

      • #6
        Yes, we don't know why Rebsie stopped writing, but she has certainly started something. For me it was Carol Deppe's book "Breed your own vegetable varieties" that started the pea madness. And a beginners luck breeding success. Have been far less successful with red podded mangetout and snap pea breeding. Like Rebsie I have a fully red shelling pea, but that does not really count. Purple and by extension red is a tricky colour to achieve in mangetouts.

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