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Plenty of Peas

Prepare your garden and kitchen for a plethora of peas this growing season.

| Spring 2019

Photo by Adobe Stock/Sea Wave.

It’s early spring, you’re putting in a garden, and you’ve already decided you’ll be growing peas. To help you achieve a successful harvest, here are a few recommendations and tips.

Types of Peas to Try

Vine length varies from one cultivar to another, and long-vined peas need a taller trellis than compact cultivars. Both compact and long-vined cultivars are available in the following four types, which vary in pod and seed characteristics. See “Growing Peas: Four Basic Types” below for more information.

Snap peas are eaten whole, and both the crunchy pod and the peas inside taste sweet. Snap peas yield more food per square foot than the other types.

Snow peas produce tender, flat pods that are eaten whole. Snow peas also produce the most tender vine tips for adding to salads or stir-fries.

Shell peas are often called English peas, because many fine cultivars were developed in Great Britain in the 18th century. Sweet green peas are shelled from tough, inedible pods.

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Before Gary and I were married, we had a small garden in the yard of our apartment building. On the day of our wedding in early June, our pea patch had its first flowering. We saw that as symbolic. It was a bumper crop that year and we saved the pea pods for next year's planting. And so the cycle of heirloom peas began. We've now been married almost 25 years. Tomorrow, i will work the soil, add a bit of compost and planr the great-great-great-great-great-great-(...)-grandpeas of our original Wedding Day peas. Isn't life grand?

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