Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Friday, April 02, 2010

Rain & Raisen Peas

It is Good Friday today, & to coincide with the break, the weather has turned vile again. Cold yesterday with some rain, light rain all day today, & the forecast for tomorrow is not good either.

Consequently, it has not been a day for going to the Hill, but it's a new month & there are seeds to be sown indoors. I've invested in a second frame of rootrainers, & so spend a merry hour playing with compost & sowing the final round of PEAS (ezetha's blawschock, newick, ne plus ultra & 'raisen cap').

This fourth variety somewhat of a mystery. I had them from the seed swap at the potato day at Ryton, scooping a handful of these interesting looking large brown peas from a bowl into an envelope & hastily scribbling the variety on the front, but even by my rather low standards, the handwriting clarity is terrible.

I've tried looking online to find out more about the variety 'Raisen Capucigaers' but the search produced nothing besides an area in India called Raisen where their main arable crop is peas.

I'm rather looking forward to seeing how they turn out.


  1. However long you've been gardening, it's always still an adventure {giggle}. I'll laugh if this turns out to be your most favourite pea in the whole world.

  2. Hazel, is it perhaps spelled like this: Raisin Capucijners?
    I did a quick search on what you said but Google asked me if I meant something this. Anyway, if it is, the link to PFAF.org looks quite informative.
    If you save any seeds from this year, I might be on the cadge for a couple to try next year - they look "interesting" x

  3. Thank you for your email, Bilbo, and for your comment, Clare.

    It turns out that not only are you both better with a search engine than I am, rather worryingly, you are both better at reading my handwriting than I am!

    I will be saving seeds, Clare - and I'll be more than happy to send you some later in the year.

  4. The Ezetha's are also Capucijners. It's to do with the shape of something-or-other resembling the monks' cowl. However, I can't think of any bit of a pea that resembles a cowl? No imagination eh?

  5. That'll give me something to puzzle over whilst pea picking later in the season, Flum!


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