Tips for a top pea crop

You can’t beat fresh peas out of the pod. The trick, says Jackie French, is combatting all the other creatures (and kids) that will beat you to it. She’s been trying to grow peas for years…

The best way not to grow peas is to have wallaby companions in the garden. Wallabies will crawl through wombat holes or lean on fences until they collapse to get to peas. Bowerbirds are pea pluckers, too. If they are hungry, they will even eat the young plants. Otherwise they eat the flowers – no flowers, no peas. And if you do get peas, they’ll eat those, too.

The only solution I know is to use protective netting, but make sure it is bird safe. If you can fit a finger through the holes, you need finer netting, or the birds may get caught and die. Tiger snakes also get caught in bird netting. This is not a meeting you want to have among your pea plants…

You will find more than 50 jobs to do around the garden this month, including crops that yield in winter, in the May issue, out now.