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Pea Champion of England

 

Champion of England
Pea Champion of England
Champion of England is a really good, traditional tall pea to 8 – 10 ft, dating from the 1840′s..
The conclusion of a rescue project, here is your chance to grow a traditional UK variety that has been commercially extinct for years.

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The Real Seed Collection Ltd provide the following information.
It was unavailable , other than seedbanks, for a long time. A few people sent us small samples of seed from time to time, but we couldn’t get them to grow.All that changed in 2007 though, when Robert Woodbridge got in touch with a new strain of family-saved seed from Lincolnshire in the 1940′s.

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It grew really well, and more importantly, was true to the old descriptions. It was fantastic – the only reason tall peas have been abandoned commercially is that you can’t harvest them with machines. But for home gardeners, they give a great return for a small space.

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So, after a few seasons, we have bulked it up from his original handful, and have a very precious few sacks of seed now that you can try.

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We’ll let him give the history in his own words:
“I am going to send you some seeds of a Pea called Champion of England, my grandmother grew it in her very large garden in the village of Pickworth Lincs, I promised that I would always grow it and keep it going.
She got the seed from the head gardener at a big country house during the war where my grandfather worked as a carpenter repairing wooden greenhouses and cold frames.

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As to the pea it grows to ten foot high and the peas are 8 to 10 per pod and you start picking from the bottom and work your way up, it prefers to be sown at the end of April to avoid the pea moth maggot and takes about 100 days to reach 10 ft.”
For us this was an amazing find. It’s the genuine tall strain, well maintained over the years, and we even know the location it came from.

We think Robert’s grandmother would have been pleased to know her seeds have saved this variety for gardeners everywhere.

 

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