Pea and mint soup

Pea and mint soup

What you will need:

  • x2 packets of peas, a few different varieties
  • Lots of twigs or canes
  • Pea netting
  • Garden twine
  • x1 5L plastic plant pot
  • x1 small garden mint plant.

Peas

Peas come in a few categories, early and main crop. A variety of each will mean you have peas for your plate for months instead of weeks. It’s a good idea to dig lots of garden compost or manure into a bed at the end of Autumn or Winter were you want to sow and grow the peas in the Spring.  Peas also like warm soil so to get them started cover your bed with black polythene for a month before you want to sow, this will help warm up the soil.

Sow your peas where you want them to grow from March and plant several rows two weeks apart until June, this will give you a continuous supply! Sow in a flat-bottomed drill 5cm apart and leave 30cm between rows. For dwarf variety’s twiggy branch’s can be pushed into the ground along side the plants for support, taller varieties will need canes or netting to grow up and some of the stems may need to be tied gently to the supports. Once the peas begin to flower lots of water is vital for fattening up your pods. Pick regularly to encourage the production of more peas, peas left to mature on the plant will stop it flowering and fruiting. So keep picking!

Peas have incredible roots that lock nitrogen into the soil, when the plants have been fully harvested, cut the foliage down to the ground leaving the roots to be dug into the soil. This nitrogen rich bed is now the perfect place to grow your potatoes next year.

Mint

Take your small mint plant and pot on into a larger plant pot using a general multiuropse compost. Sink this whole pot into the ground, this will and act as a barrier  and stop the Mint taking over your garden as it is a very vigorous plant.

Mint will thrive in a sunny spot but can also tolerate some shade. It likes its soil to be kept moist throughout the Summer months and it is a Perennial plant meaning it will die back in the Winter and grow back in the Spring.

Feed with a liquid fertilser every few weeks and keep harvesting throughout the summer to encourage new growth.