BOTANICAL NAME: Pisum sativum
DESCRIPTION:Small, yellow peas with dark skins. These make a wondering winter salad crop, hardy down to 0 degrees. Along with the kale and spinach, you can have your own fresh salad all winter! Hardy to zone 7 or 6 with row cover-use with growing tips and harvest often.
GROW BIOINTENSIVEŽ CULTURAL INFORMATION: C, W/Matures 17/Harvest 8-12/Yield 10/Spacing 5"
WHEN TO PLANT: fall or winter
GERMINATION DAYS: 7-10
PLANTING DEPTH: 1.5-3"
SEEDS PER PACKET: 900 seeds, covers 100 square feet
SEED CODE: C
DAYS TO MATURITY: 70-182
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: A cold hardy field-pea sow in fall for winter growth (and to protect soil from erosion) & turn them under, or harvest for the compost pile, in the spring. Does well or poor soil & will fix nitrogen in the soil. For best growth and nitrogen production inoculate the seed before planting. Does not need a lot of water or care. May self-seed. Can be used for cattle fodder. Peas can be used dried for soup but are not good for fresh eating.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Easy to grow and tolerates winter cold
From the December 2014 Mother Earth New, "You can plant Austrian winter peas in late summer or fall, and then harvest the shoots for as long as eight months in many regions (October to May). I plant them in the fall in time for them to grow 8 to 12 inches before freezing temperatures arrive, and the peas overwinter just fine with no protection most years. Last winter was an especially cold one, yet I continued to harvest the winter peas, along with kale and spinach, for terrific fresh, green salads right through the cold snaps."