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nitrogen-fixers and, growing with cold in the winter, don't deplete the soil of
nutrients needed by other plants in the spring. It's great to sow them in
October and then go indoors and forget all about them. Come the first nice
spring day, you'll see pea plants spreading all over the ground almost ready
for podding. Despite this winter hardiness, most people tend to only plant them
once a year, in the spring. Some peas climb but most are dwarf or half height
and so may need support, and would certainly benefit in exposed, windy gardens.
Although they have tendrils that grip on when climbing you still need to tie
them with twine to help them along. The flowers are beautiful, especially in
winter. They are white and purple and similar to the sweet pea. There is some
confusion between the names mangetout, snow pea and sugar snap. In Britain we
use the term 'mangetout' to describe the family as a whole, while a snow pea is
a flat-podded variety and a sugar snap pea is more swollen. Like all peas, they
should be sown between September and November and February and April, 2 cm
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