Peas and Beans DfV 4

Peas Beans Growing GuidePeas and beans – legumes- have been staple crops since farming started. Before the introduction of the potato, peas and beans were one of the very few crops that could be easily stored to provide food over winter. Drying the crop didn’t require any technology. Processing just consisted of shelling – considerably easier than the processing required of grains.

Nowadays much is made of the high-fibre content of peas and beans, but their real benefit was in their high protein content. There was general view that vegetable protein was inferior, second class, in comparison to meat protein. Completely wrong, of course.
They’re also high in vitamins and minerals.

Easy to grow and ideal for seed saving, the pea and bean family were obviously an important crop both for farmers and home growers, digging for victory.

This dig for victory leaflet, the fourth in the series, ran over four dense pages. I’ve expanded from the 4 pages to 5 pages and broken the information between the pages slightly differently to aid readers by keeping sections together.

How to Grow Peas

How to Grow Peas

In this page from the peas and beans growing guide the initial soil conditions required and the varieties recommend for early, maincrop, late peas etc.
Cultivation of Peas - Dried Peas

Cultivation of Peas - Dried Peas

This page from the dig for victory guide on growing peas and beans covers raising the plants and how to grow peas for drying including varieties.
Beans Introduction - Broad Beans

Beans Introduction - Broad Beans

This section of the guide covers growing broad beans along with a general introduction to beans. It explains how to get early and successional crops.
French or  Dwarf Beans & Haricot Beans

French or Dwarf Beans & Haricot Beans

This page from the dig for victory guide to growing peas and beans covers the French or dwarf beans and haricot beans that can be dried and stored easily.
Growing Runner Beans

Growing Runner Beans

This final part from the peas and beans wartime dig for victory growing guide covers the varieties and cultivation of runner beans.