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Asparagus Pea is a lovely looking plant which will be buzzing with insects all the way through the summer. Hoverflies and worker bees seem to particularly love it and the small, winged pods are good to eat.
It's beautiful too, with rich crimson pea-like flowers and dug into the soil, will improve its structure and fertility.
|Common Name:||Asparagus Pea|
|Type:||Half-Hardy Annual||Site:||Well drained, sunny site. Keep well watered.||Sowing:||Sow indoors late February-April. Sow direct late spring, after risk of frost.||Height:||30cm (10in)||Spacing:||30cm apart in rows 30cm apart||Care tips:||A little twiggy support will help but is not essential.||Harvest:||Flowers from early summer on for 3-4 months. Pick pods regularly while young and tender. Don't allow them to get more than 3cm (1in) long.||Storing:||Consume within 24 hours of picking||Cooking Notes:||This unique vegetable has a flavour very similar to asparagus - steam it gently and serve with melted butter.|