Is it beneficial to grow favas and peas together?

victw(10 So CA)September 30, 2006

Almost time to plant peas here in SoCal. I've only been gardening for a couple of years. The first time I planted peas they came out beautifully - every year has been worse and worse.

I have a couple of ideas about doing things differently this year.

1) I'm moving the pea trellis.

2) I'm double digging the new area - and amending with steer manure.

I grew favas for the first time last year and turned the whole community garden on to them.

I've been reading about how they are nitrogen fixers - and the peas need nitrogen. So my thought is to grow a row of favas behind the pea trellis and in front of the trellis.

I will also add another row of short peas in front of the favas.

Am I understanding this correctly? Will the favas help the peas? It's a small community garden plot. - We love sugar snap peas - and can't get too many - but the favas will be taking a lot of space - that I could be using for other things - if not providing the benefits.



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Peas are also nitrogen fixing and are capable of making their own nitrogen. It won't hurt to plant together but it is not neccessary because they are both legumes. Rodger

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 7:25AM
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