SECTION: Compost Crops, Austrian Field Peas, Pisum sativum
Austrian Winter – Austrian Winter – A very cold-hardy winter annual pea; can take some sub-zero weather. Grows on poorer soil than clover but makes less nitrogen. Doesn’t compete well with abundant winter weed growth. Peas used as livestock feed, but makes fine soup pea. Breaks down fast into soil. 900 seeds.
One packet will plant 100 sq ft when using 5" spacing in the bed.
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EA CULTURE: C,W/Matures 17/Harvest 8-12/Yield 10/Spacing 5"
SEEDS PER PACKET: 900
SOURCE CODE: C
PLANTING DEPTH: 1.5-3"
WHEN TO PLANT: fall, winter
PACKET LABEL 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 on 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.