If you love the taste of asparagus but don't have space for permanent crops in your vegetable bed, asparagus peas are well worth trying. These small, shrubby plants produce pretty, sweetpea-like maroon flowers which are followed by small seedpods. These pods have the flavour and consistency of asparagus when cooked in butter with a little salt - delicious! The pods should be picked when they're an inch long (2.5cm). Don't be tempted to leave them until they're longer or they will be tough! plant out in late May into open ground. They prefer a light, well-drained soil in a sunny position and regular watering. As a member of the legume family, the roots of the plant will fix extra nitrogen into the soil, making it ideal for brassicas the following year.