Our top three peas for this time of year are Douce Provence, Feltham First and Meteor. All three have smoother seeds (an advantage in cold damp soil) while Feltham and, in particular, Meteor are dwarf height thus making them good choices for a greenhouse or under cloches.
First early peas are the quickest to mature. In January & February you will need to sow the seeds in the greenhouse border or under cloches (with fleece over the top on cold nights) and they will give you a crop before your greenhouse is needed for other plants. Being a legume, peas will add nitrogen to the soil and help the next crops that you plant. If mice have caused you problems in the past you can always sow your pea seeds in hanging baskets in the greenhouse or conservatory to keep them out of harms way.
Peas are one of the oldest vegetables known to man; they have been found in Stone Age settlements dating back over 8000 years. Peas have an advantage over many other vegetables in that they can be eaten fresh, raw or cooked, but they can also be dried and stored for later use. For a succession of crops either sow the same variety at 10-14 day intervals or grow different varieties that will mature at different times. First early peas are not just for spring or autumn sowing: their speed makes them a really good choice for the spring, summer or autumn to fill where a gap has appeared after another crop has finished – the taste straight from the garden is exquisite.
All our first early peas are 50 seeds for 50p