Peas 9th November 2017 by Nicholas Ripley Peas are members of the legume family and need to grow in well drained soil. The roots of pea plants have nitrogen-fixing nodules and should be left in the soil to improve the fertility for the next crop. peastransparent600#81d742 How To GrowHow To EatRecipes Dig the soil, remove all weeds and add compost or well rotted manure. Make a flat bottomed trench 2 inch deep and 6 inch wide & sow seeds 3 inch apart evenly. Water well – especially at flowering & add a mulch to retain water. Pinch out tips of growing plants to force bushing growth. Use pea sticks or netting to allow plants to climb. Pods are ready to harvest when they look and feel full and firm. Some peas can be dried to be used next year. Raw – out of the pod or added to a summer salad. Cooked – added to risottos, soups and casseroles or with mint as a side dish. Green Pea Soup Heat butter in large pan and add 2 cups of peas, 2 chopped spring onions & 300g chopped spinach & sauté until tender. Add 4 cups of water or vegetable stock, ½ tsp nutmeg & seasoning & bring to boil. Once cooled, blend until smooth. Reheat prior to serving with nutmeg & yoghurt garnish. Fry bacon bits in garlic olive oil, add orzo (rice pasta) Cover with water and add fresh peas. Simple but tasty. Pea Risotto Heat butter, olive oil & add chopped garlic, shallots & chicken. Add risotto rice & hot chicken stock & cook until liquid absorbed. Add mushrooms, peas & chopped parsley & grated Parmesan. Serve with lemon wedges.