Climbing peas are the ultimate space saver vegie. They can be grown along a trellis on a fence or up a tepee or tripod, taking up minimal horizontal space. They’re also great for growing in pots, so you can grow climbing peas on a sunny veranda, courtyard or balcony.
Yates Snow Peas produce crisp, sweet pods that can be eaten whole (they’re a terrific in-garden snack), steamed, used fresh in salads or added to stir fries. Kids love snow peas too and a small handful in their school lunchbox is an easy way to add more vegies into their diet.
Yates Sugarsnap Peas have juicy, sweet flavour packed pods that can be eaten whole when young or shelled when mature. Shelling peas is a fun activity for kids and the little peas inside are delicious.
- Both snow and sugarsnap peas should be sown in a spot that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day (in cool zones wait until June to start sowing climbing pea seeds).
- Sow seeds direct where they are to grow, beside a trellis or support, into damp soil that’s been enriched first with some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. Don’t water again for a few days as pea seeds can rot if they’re too wet.
- Seedlings should pop up in around 10 days and you can start harvesting in around 8 – 10 weeks. Snow and sugarsnap peas are prolific croppers, so you should have lots of tasty peas for several months.
- To encourage a great harvest, as soon as the seedlings are established start feeding each week with Yates Thrive Flower & Fruit Soluble Plant Food, which is boosted with extra potassium which promotes flowering and pod development. Keep picking pods regularly too, which helps prolong the harvest.
Many of our favourite cool season vegies, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages and cauliflowers, are attacked by a range of voracious caterpillars. Caterpillars can devour entire young seedlings as well as more mature plants and also eat into the heads of cabbages and cauliflowers.
Sometimes the caterpillars themselves are hard to spot, as they can be expertly camouflaged, hide underneath foliage or within the heads of cabbages and cauliflowers. Look out for tell-tale holes in the leaves or brown or bluey-green droppings.
The most common caterpillars include:
Cabbage white butterfly caterpillars – smooth pale green caterpillars of small white butterflies with distinctive black spots on their wings.
Cabbage looper – larvae of small brown moths that are green with a white stripe running along their side. Their name comes from their ‘looping’ style of movement where they arch their body as they crawl.
Cabbage moth – young caterpillars are light green and mature to greenish-brown and are larvae of brown moths.
Without caterpillar control strategies, cool season vegies can be decimated, leaving you nothing to harvest. You don’t need to be a caterpillar identification expert to keep caterpillars under control.
Baythroid Advanced Insect Killer for Gardens is a handy product for vegie gardeners as it will effectively control caterpillars on vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages and cauliflowers. Start spraying when insects or their damage first appear and repeat as required. Spray both sides of foliage, as caterpillars are often found on the undersides of leaves.
Extra tip: Baythroid Advanced Insect Killer for Gardens will also control other common insect pests on cool season vegies, including aphids, thrips and whiteflies.