Douce Provence

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An old, well-loved variety, Douce Proven peas are a petite, bushing, winter-hardy favorite that requires no staking or support. The peas are small, but very sweet. In milder climates they can be grown almost all year long.

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SunFull
Germination7 - 10 Days
Sowing MethodStart in Pots / Trays
Days to Maturity90 Days
Seed Count200
Recommended Soil pH5.5-7.0

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One of the hardier and more versatile pea varieties, Douce Provence produces large crops of sweet, succulent peas on compact plants growing to just 75 cm (30 in) in height. The peas themselves are small, but delightfully sweet, succulent and abundant. Great as a “First Early” or almost any time of the year. They even over-winter with protection.

Starting out

Starting Indoors: Although you can start peas indoors, they prefer to be direct seeded.

Direct Seed: For spring-planted peas, sow as soon as the soil can be worked. For an autumn crop, sow 2 weeks before the first frost.

Seeds grown close together help to keep the soil cool and shade out weeds, so don’t worry about planting them too close. Plant at a depth of about 2cm (1”) and cover with 1” of soil in the spring, 2” in the summer for your fall crop. Don't thin the pea plants after they germinate. For over-wintering, make sure plants are covered by a clothe or some other form of protection.

It doesn’t hurt to over-plant, as this will help ensure your crop against pests, weather, rot, and/or wildlife losses. Keep the soil evenly moist during germination. Peas are not particular about soil, but they do enjoy plenty of added organic matter and a pH between 5.5-6.8. Avoid the use of high nitrogen fertilisers.

Plant direct
Weeding

Maintenance

Peas are generally fine with no additional watering if there’s regular rainfall, but make sure to keep them watered during dry spells, as they don’t produce well once their roots dry out. And although Douce Provence peas don’t necessarily require support, the yield is often better with a little support (such as a small cane tipi).

Pea roots are shallow, so keep the base of the plants mulched. This will keep the roots protected, moist, and cool. Mulch will also help keep the weeds down. (When weeding, avoid digging deeply with a hoe or other instrument, as you may damage the rooting system.)

Harvesting

As these are round peas, pick once they have filled out their pods, but are still young and tender. Regular picking will keep the plant producing, so pick even if they’re past their prime and you’re not going to eat them. If there are more pea pods than you can eat fresh, freeze them for later meals.

For continuous crops plant successionally every 2 weeks. Plants generally produce 3 months after sowing.

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