Eat All, a green mangetout with large flat pods, went well when eaten as a complement to the yellow mangetout. Again, it was not very productive but we will give it another chance in a different location next season.
The purple flowers followed by red shells of Stephen's made it look special and they were ready three weeks before the next maincrop peas. A good number of pods, well filled, relatively small peas. Its looks and early ripening mean we will be growing it again.
Golden Sweet mangetout has been a favourite. Over three weeks we picked around 140 pods to eat whole, and we are now picking the fatter pods for eating as shelled peas while allowing enough to grow on for seed.
Magnum Bonum is one we have grown for many years and it has tried to reach 8ft and is heavy with pods full of wrinkle seeded peas. We have picked over 200 so far and it is still going strong. It was much the latest to be ready to harvest, but its productivity means we will definitely keep it on our list.
Finally, Newick, a round seeded pea which HSL have asked to be given priority as the stocks in the Library are running low. It was the second of the maincrop to be ready for harvest, but the first to be ready for seed saving. So far we have saved seeds from 150 pods and it is on track for considerably more so we should be able to help rebuild HSL stocks as well as have some available for next year's needs.
Pleasingly, this is the first ever year when we have not met a single pea moth caterpillar in our harvesting. We wonder what we did!