Peas are one of the best-loved vegetables of all time for the home garden, because they never taste better than when picked and eaten right beside the vine. Peas like cool conditions, so sow the seeds in the garden as soon as the soil can be worked, 1 to 1½” deep, as close as 2" apart. Tall or short, Peas are best given a good support, and can be grown in full sun to light shade. They prefer a rich but well-drained soil, and even watering during flowering and pod development. Mulch will help to retain moisture and keep weeds under control; it's hopeless to weed a full grown teepee of Pea vines! Pick Peas when they are young and tender, and if any make it to the kitchen, shell and lightly steam them, or add them raw to salads. Peas freeze particularly well, in the unlikely event you have a surplus. Peas are a good source of vitamin B1 and folic acid, but nobody cares, we just love them because they're so yummy.