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Sacramento, CA
Orthoducks
May 22, 2020 11:41 AM CST
I want to plant Austrian winter peas this fall: first, for weed suppression, second, as food for our animals and ourselves. We haven't done this before, but I've read that they need a strong-stemmed companion plant to support the vines. The question is: what to use?

The usual choices seem to be grains like winter wheat and rye. My wife has ruled those out because she is gluten intolerant, and she doesn't want to risk growing a gluten producing plant, even if we aren't going to let it fruit. What good alternatives are there?
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oneeyeluke
May 23, 2020 12:42 AM CST
I would just plant them alone to raise the nitrogen level in the soil. They do fine by themselves and really don't have to have a companion. Plant them thick and allow them to fall if they fall because you can still get peas off them. The trick is how thick you plant em.
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