The Garden

Spring seems to have just about sprung, and our gardens are coming to life.

We are really proud to be one of the sponsors of Sow, Grow, Munch, a book for schools and community groups written by our own Jilly Dougan. More details to follow on that.

One of the things that anyone could do at home is sow peas for pea shoots. You get that fantastic fresh pea flavour in as little as 2-3 weeks and they are packed with vitamins A, C and Folic acid.

Here’s how…

Use recycled disposable plastic cups, yoghurt pots, seed trays or anything which will hold compost and has drainage holes in the bottom.

Any dried pea will do such as the ones you get in the corner shop. You can soak the peas in cold water for an hour or overnight beforehand which will speed up the germination process, but it’s not necessary. ¾ fill your pot or tray with compost, dampen slightly and scatter the peas over the surface quite closely together. Cover with compost, and keep moist but not wet. Place on a windowsill or somewhere light and in about 3 weeks when the pea shoots are 8-10cm high cut them off with a pair of scissors. If you cut them about 3cm up (above the first set of leaves) they will regrow to give you another crop. Pea shoots are great just eaten as a snack, in sandwiches or tossed into salad.

Read Sow, Grow, Munch here

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