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Pea, Spring

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A very early pea that bears large crops on medium sized plants.

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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.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

57 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

2-3 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

20 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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How to Sow

  • Because peas are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
  • For optimum flavor, grow in cool weather.
  • Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
  • Sow in average soil in full sun in early spring for first crop, in late summer for fall crop.
  • Support shorter peas on small stakes or a pea fence. Taller peas can be supported with a tower or trellis netting. Set supports for vining varieties prior to planting.
  • Sow 2 inches apart in double rows spaced 6 inches apart with 24 inches between each set of rows.
  • Cover with 1 inch of fine soil, and sow 1 inch deep.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days, possibly longer in cooler soils.
  • Thin gradually to stand 4-6 inches apart starting when seedlings are about 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • Protect spring plantings with floating row covers to keep flea beetles away.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. They do not perform well in overly wet conditions. Seeds can rot in wet soil before germination occurs when planted in early spring.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • To determine when to pick shell peas, check the pods by eye and feel. If the pea pod is round, has a nice sheen, and is bright green, it is ready. If the seeds have made ridges on the pod and the pods are dull green, it is past prime.
  • You can pick snap and snow peas at any time but they are tastiest when the pods still have some play around the peas when you squeeze the pods.
  • Pick snow peas before the peas start to enlarge.
  • If harvest exceeds immediate fresh use, you can freeze peas immediately after harvest to retain rich flavor. Blanch peas for two minutes in boiling water, drain, and then plunge into ice cold water for another two minutes. Drain again and loosely pack the peas into plastic freezer bags or containers. Use within 9 months for best quality.
  • Peas can also be dried in a dehydrator and stored in a sealed canister for use in soups and stews.
Days To Maturity
57 days
Fruit Size
2-3 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
8 inches
Height
20 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Thin
6 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Pea, Spring is rated 2.4 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good for me I have tried peas for two years in a row and have not had any success. I planted these before it got hot and they grew. However, they only grew about a foot tall, produced six pods out of 40 foot row, and they died.
Date published: 2012-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pea, Spring I was surprised to read that these peas did not do well for two of the three reviewers. I planted them in Spring 2011. I chose them because they were early peas and fairly compact. Last year was a challenging year for my garden as a cold, wet spring was followed by a hot period of drought. These Spring peas were a huge success for me. They germinated well, were healthy growers and produced lots of pods filled with peas. They were tasty and I was pleased with the harvest. After they were finished I pulled them out and planted my summer bean crop. I'm going to try Spring peas again this year and hope to have the same experience.
Date published: 2012-02-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not like the pictures!! The sprout rate of these peas was poor, and the plants were sickly from the start. The pitiful little pods that finally formed had maybe 5 peas at most. From a packet of seeds, we got less than 1 cup of edible peas. I am going back to buying my seeds locally.
Date published: 2011-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Snacking Spring Pea I direct sowed these seeds in April 09 and had very good success with them. I had great germination and they grew fast and fairly compact which is good for smaller gardens. The only problem I had with them is that I couldn't keep my 3yr old out of the garden and from eating them. Very sweet peas and perfect for outdoor snacking. Pods were full with nice size peas. I recommend staggered planting to prolong the harvest time. I would definately plant these again.
Date published: 2010-01-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A failure :( I'm one of the those "green thumb" gardeners, but this pea was a complete failure. I planted half the package in the sping, the other half in the fall in two different locations in my vegetable garden, and neigther produced peas. The pods just never filled out. I'm going back to "Wando" for the 2008 season.
Date published: 2008-01-12
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