|A magazine article about growing tomatoes recommended planting Austrian peas on the garden's perimeter would attract Lady Bugs and thereby do a number on aphids and other pests. I'd like to plant the peas -- if for nothing else than as an experiment -- but I don't know what Austrian peas are. I expect there are other varieties that would do the job if in fact Austrian peas can do the job. Thanx for whatever help you may offer. |
By the way, the magazine article was in Country Living, August 1999, pgs 38 and 40. The reference to Austrian peas is on page 40.
|According to Pennington Seeds, Pisum sativum subsp. arvense or Austrian winter peas are normally grown as a large scale plow down cover crop for soil enrichment or as a forage crop for animals such as livestock and deer rather than as a home garden or food crop. It is a typcial legume and will fix free nitrogen from the soil and is grown as a cool season crop in the southeastern US.
I have not been able to verify that these particular peas serve well as "aphid bait" in the garden, although it would not surprise me; it is true that any garden pea (also Pisum varieties) may attract aphids and as a result of a heavy infestation the lady bugs and other beneficials will naturally appear and control them. Peas are generally a cool season crop, though, and tomatoes a warm season one so the interative effect could be minimal.