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I have been planting some Carlin peas in the back graden behind our house. I put 250 in, yesterday and today. They are in two rows, 25 cm apart. Each pea is 5 cm from the next and I push them in about 3 cm deep. I have marked the rows with a lot of raspberry canes I pruned out last month. These peas grow up tall so the raspberry canes will be a support for them to grow onto.
I am not sure how these peas will get on in the earth here. It heavy clay. I already have improved it a lot by adding compost but I think peas like well-drained soil, which this is not. I have heard that it would be better if I was to double dig the beds, lining them with gravel and mixing the clay into compost to lighten it. I will do that for future beds, but I am still recovering from being ill a while back, so i took the easy option for the pea bed. I hope at least some of them will cope.
Carlin peas are a drying pea, they should be ready to harvest early in the eight month of the year. They store well, and can be soaked overnight before cooking in soups and stews or to make a kind of porridge or bread. These peas used to be a staple food locally long ago, but have fallen out of fashion.

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