Mangetout Growing Guide

Mangetout

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 

Soil

Fertile, well drained soil.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

No.

Feeding

Not usually required, although a mulch of compost, grass clippings or other organic matter can help on poor soils.

Companions

Catnip, Turnip and Beans. Jane recommends Carrot, Radish, Corn, Beans.

Spacing

Single Plants: 10cm (3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 10cm (3") with 20cm (7") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow directly into the soil from mid spring onwards. Some varieties can be planted year round. Sow in batches for a continuous supply.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Support plants with a strong row or wigwam structure over which netting can be tied for them to climb up. Alternatively, use twiggy sticks pushed into the ground near each plant.

Harvesting

Best picked just before eating, often sweet enough to enjoy raw.

Troubleshooting

Mature plants usually stop producing and die back in hot summer weather.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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