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How I use Austrian Winter Pea.

 
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When it’s time to plant summer crops the peas need to be removed. Here’s the fun thing; you can do that with a rake! I pull them back and they roll up like a carpet. They are already starting to rot on the bottom so the nitrogen rich roots stay underground. After collecting enough peas for a pitchfork full I use the spoil as fruit tree mulch.
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Wow that's cool you posted this. I bought a bag of Austrian winter peas and didn't know when to plant them.  I'm in NC  Piedmont  too. I do still have snow peas growing right now , they are fixing to make soon. I'm sure they are planted a bit too late. When do you plant your peas?
Do you eat them, or
Do you primarily use them as a cover crop?
 
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High Rana! I’m outside Kannapolis so we’re practically neighbors! I plant them sometime between late September and December. It all depends on my other crops. When everything dies I throw the winter peas on the ground and kick dirt over them.
I love eating them but they don’t produce until right before they die. That is mid June where we live. By that time I need the space. My plan is to save seed for the fall but I end up eating them right where I pick them. If they’re small they taste great whole. Once larger shell them out and eat them raw. I find a mix of winter pea and winter rye to be a terrific cover crop. Rye grass will grow on the hardest red clay you have, trust me.
Great meeting you! Scott
 
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Hi Rana. If you ever want to see what else is going on check out my instagram page. stiller_permaculture.
 
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Scott Stiller wrote:Hi Rana. If you ever want to see what else is going on check out my instagram page. stiller_permaculture.



Thank you, I'll check that out and follow

Thanks for the tip on winter rye

And for the info on the Austrian peas.  I ordered a bag 1/4 lb  from Southern exposure and didn't plant because I wasn't sure.
You know I live in Union county which is a highly Ag  centered county.  But info on this type of question isn't readily known.
Commercial focused.  Just for kicks I contacted the extension about Fava beans, they didn't know.. Could only point me to the internet.  I couldn't really find much writing about it at NC State.

Here's an article I wrote

https://storehouseherbs.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/fava-beans-in-n-c-and-an-ark-of-ancient-seeds/

So cool that y'all are neighbors... This site is vast, and my first post, so it's uncanny
 
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I’m not surprised about the local extension. They are probably setup to assist with commercial farms and row crops.
I read quite a bit of your writing over coffee. It’s very good and should be promoted. Maybe a permie Apple will help.
I think the interesting thing about this website is we’re all trying to accomplish the same thing but in vastly different environments. We can all learn from each other and take what we need for our own situation.
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