If you want your kids to eat more vegetables, grow sugar peas. These are wonderfully cute. Here is a guide for growing.
Sweet peas are easy to care for
Although you can usually only buy sugar peas from us in a really well stocked vegetable trade, their cultivation is widespread throughout Europe, North America and partly also in Africa and India. One reason why you should also grow these relatively easy-care vegetables in your garden.
It is toddlers in particular who love the sweet taste of green and blue sugar peas and are therefore happy to take advantage of this extremely healthy vegetable. And that's really good, because sweet peas - also called kefe - have a high content of fiber, minerals, folic acid, various vitamins and vegetable proteins.
We would now like to explain to you how you can grow sugar peas and what you should consider.
Growing peas - this is how it's done
As a rule, the peas are sown in the sunny garden bed from the end of April (possible until the end of June / beginning of July) because they are very sensitive to frost. You should let the seeds soak in the water for a day, because this increases their germination capacity.
When sowing, you must then make a groove of four to five centimeters deep in the soil that is as sandy as possible (possibly adding cactus soil or sand beforehand) - distance about 30 centimeters to the next groove - in which you can then spread the seeds thinly. Then you have to fill the grooves with soil again, press them down slightly and water them.
If you want to fill several grooves with seeds, then you should keep a time interval of approx. 2 weeks. Because this significantly increases the harvest time of the sweet peas, which means that fresh vegetables are always available to you.
In the meantime, garden peas also offer sugar peas for the balcony (pot keeping). However, you have to make sure that you water the plants regularly.
From a height of about 10 centimeters, some types of kefe need a climbing aid to support their growth. For this purpose, you should stick thin wooden sticks between the rows at a distance of approx. 50 centimeters and cover them with a wire mesh. You can then attach the peas to this braid.
It usually only takes 3 to 4 months from sowing to harvest. During this time you do not have to fertilize the sugar peas if you have supplied the garden bed with compost in the previous year (never in the year of cultivation).
You can harvest the sugar peas when the pea fruits emerge inside the pod (shell).
Important: You should know that you have to process the sugar peas immediately after harvesting. Otherwise it can happen that they take on a bitter taste.
You can either eat the sweet peas raw, e.g. in salads or as a vegetable in a pan and just season with a little salt.
Simply prepare green and blue peas with carrots. It tastes really delicious!