A very early pea that bears large crops on medium sized plants.
The sweetness of garden peas is legendary. This is a very early pea that bears large crops on medium sized plants. Pods hold 6 to 7 plump peas, vines grow 20" tall. It's fusarium wilt resistant and an outstanding winter crop in Zones 9-11. The best way to stretch the harvest is to plant early and late varieties. Direct-sow in early spring, again in midsummer for a fall crop. 200-225 seeds per packet, sows about 30' of row. Our seeds are not treated.
Sow in average soil in full sun in early spring for first crop, in late summer for fall crop. Sow seeds 2" apart in double rows spaced 6" apart with 24" between each set of rows. Cover with 2" of fine soil. Support shorter peas on small stakes or a pea fence, or taller kinds on a pea tower or trellis netting. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
How to Grow
Thin to stand 4-6" apart when seedlings are 1-2" high. Peas may need extra water under dry conditions, but they often mature before dry weather sets in. They do not perform well in overly wet conditions, and the seeds can rot in wet soil before they germinate. Coat untreated seed with an inoculant. After you have grown the seed once, the beneficial bacteria in the inoculant can survive in the soil.
Pick shelling peas when the pods are well filled but not dry or faded in color. For the freshest peas, pick as close to mealtime as possible. Pull the pods from the plants with care to avoid damaging the plants. The peas do not all ripen at the same time and may require several harvests. Freeze extras before the end of the harvest season.