Thursday, 16 March 2017

Peas and More Peas, Please!

Sunshine predicted for this weekend! A few days of no rain means... finally, a chance to pop those peas into the ground!

Sow the seeds anywhere from March through June.  

Peas are cool weather crops, one of the first things we can plant in spring. They don't mind a bit of frost, they don't mind the cool air, they don't even care about all the rain.. as long as they have good drainage. 

If, however, your garden soil is still sodden and cold, wait for a few days of sunshine to warm things up a bit and dry out the soil. Planting into soil that is too cold and too wet will just rot out the seeds. 

Plus, working in wet soil causes damage to the soil structure and compacts it into cement, so is best to wait till the time is right.

Birds and bunnies love the tender new shoots as they emerge from the ground, so plant lots! The old saying goes something like this... sow three seeds, one for the bugs, one for the birds, and one to reap. I may have changed the wording on that one a bit, but you get the gist of it.   

Pop the pea seeds into the soil about one inch down and two inches apart. Grow in nice, rich soil that has been well amended with manure. 

When the sprouts are 4 to 6 inches tall, nip out the top so that they branch out into several long vines instead of just the one ... makes for more peas! 

Water as needed, do not let them dry out or they will start to shut down so you will get no pods. 

The more you harvest, the more they make! So pick regularly and pick lots! 

These are the varieties that I am selling at the greenhouse and growing in my garden this year...  

Picture from Sutton Peas

Tom Thumb - an heirloom dwarf shelling pea variety dating back to the 1880's, with vines that are just 8 inches tall! Super cute, super productive, and super delish!   

I like to grow this one at the edge of my beds, trailing over the sides, but it is also the perfect pea for containers and hanging baskets. 

Blue Podded Peas - This is one of my favourite peas to grow! Eat them as pods when young and tender, or wait a bit longer and eat them as shelling peas.They are also a terrific dried pea! So versatile and pretty to look at, too. 

I have been growing these guys for many, many years because the vines are tall, the flowers are pretty, and the peas are great! 

The flowers of the Blue Podded Pea are prettier than most ornamental Sweet Peas, though lacking the fragrance. Purple, red and pink on 8' tall silvery grey foliage. . 

My peas, tumbling on the ground with the violas and weeds ; ) 

Sabre -  A great shelling pea variety. Big yields of double podded peas, with 10 to 12 peas in each. Is resistant to powdery mildew and root rot, too! 

Picture from Gardening Know How

Sugar Snap Peas - Snap peas are fat, edible pods with full sized peas inside. Eat them fresh off the vine, pod and all. These 5 foot tall vines are loaded with sweet, juicy, thick, edible podded peas. 

My darling Lilah Loo loved her peas

I love peas. I love growing them, couldn't be any easier, and eating them.
In fact, some of us love peas so much that we eat them vines and all; )  

Happy Sowing and Growing!