Originally Posted by Rubberback
... There's a few old timers up here that garden. They keep telling me to use winter peas. I have a bunch of cream peas will they work?
Yep, I'm in the old timer club, LOL, RB. Any legume will help build your soil and prevent weeds. In winters, I prefer clovers as my legume of choice and coupled with elbon rye for complete coverage. Other times of the year, its peas, peas, peas. Any kind.... cow, blackeyes, purple hulls, crowders, etc. etc.
Beans are great legumes also and I always have some pintos and green beans growing in the summer.
For example, right now I have one double row of blackeye growing, a double row of bush green beans and a double row of pintos growing.
As soon as the onions and potatoes are out in a few days, in go more peas crowders, zippers, creams etc and these will be grown and shredded all the way through frost. I'll also plant peas in my harvested corn rows later this summer and grow/shred/grow/shred 'till frost.
After years of doing this, I'd put my garden soil up against any in the Country for nutrition and soil condition.