Austrian Winter Field... CAU-6920
Small, yellow soup peas with dark skins.
The green shoots make a wonderful winter salad crop, hardy down to 0 degrees.
Along with kale and spinach, you can have your own fresh salad all winter! Hardy to zone 7 or 6 with row cover use - harvest growing tips often.
BOTANICAL NAME: Pisum sativum
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS:A cold hardy field-pea. Sow in fall for winter growth (and to protect soil from erosion) & turn them under, or harvest for the compost pile, in the spring. Does well on poor soil & will fix nitrogen in the soil. For best growth and nitrogen production inoculate the seed before planting. Does not need a lot of water or care. May self-seed. Can be used for cattle fodder. The peas can be used dried for soup but are not good for fresh eating. The shoots and leafy growing tips of the plants are popular for fresh eating, and make fine winter salad fare.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: C, W/Matures 17/Harvest 8-12/Yield 10/Spacing 5"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Easy to grow and tolerates winter cold From the December 2014 Mother Earth News: "You can plant Austrian winter peas in late summer or fall, and then harvest the shoots for as long as eight months in many regions (October to May). I plant them in the fall in time for them to grow 8 to 12 inches before freezing temperatures arrive, and the peas overwinter just fine with no protection most years. Last winter was an especially cold one, yet I continued to harvest the winter pea shoots, along with kale and spinach, for terrific fresh, green salads right through the cold snaps."