Peas, Peas, Peas!

| 11/14/2012 11:37:19 AM

Tags: Growing peas, English peas, Garden, Gardening, Susan Berry,

Susan BerryOne of my favorite Spring veggies are peas. Living and farming in North Carolina for 9 years I attempted four different years to grow peas and was unsuccessful. No matter what type or variety I planted they never amounted to much, the biggest harvest being a handful of snow peas. The reason for this was that in NC there really is no Spring, the weather goes from Winter to Spring which lasts only a few days then the heat arrives. The one thing peas do not like is heat. Peas love Massachusetts! Though we have had a couple of hot days and even a brief heat wave a couple weeks ago my peas are thriving. I planted three types this year, Sugar Snap, Snow Peas and English Peas, the latter being the type I would like to focus on in this post.

Green Arrow English Peas on trellis fence. 

As you can see my English Peas are very happy. My fence trellis was doing a great job until last week when the peas started plumping and then the vines starting leaning. Well, I checked them twice during the week and they were not filling in well enough to pick so I left them but thought, oh no, we are getting too hot and these are probably going to be chicken food if they don't fill in soon. Then last week we got a good 2 inches of rain and some cooler day temps and WAALAA! I went out yesterday morning at 6am to find lots of filled in pods.

Green Arrow peas
Green Arrow peas ready to be shelled. 

After about 30 minutes of harvesting I sat down with some coffee and started shelling. When I was finished, I blanched the peas in salted boiling water for 1 minute then quickly drained and dumped them into a big bowl of ice water. Here is what I ended up with.

harvest of peas
An abundant harvest of peas. 

nebraska dave
11/18/2012 3:27:49 AM

Susan, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. It sounds like you are a pea growing expert. We need one in our group. I tried growing peas several years ago. It was a prolific year for peas. Much time was spent picking, shelling, and canning. That's when I discovered that I was the only one in the family that liked peas and the hours spent tending, harvesting, and preserving the peas could have been purchased at the local store for about three dollars. So, I get my frozen peas at the big box store when I feel the craving for some peas. :0) That's not to say that I may grow them again but just to sprinkle them on the a salad or to have a serving or two fresh out of the garden for myself. Have a great pea pickin' day.

heather jackson
11/15/2012 4:19:50 PM

Great post! I didn't get very many peas this spring, but it got fast in a hurry in Alabama! My fall crop is blooming away, so I am hopeful for a better fall harvest and I'll get some in the ground earlier this year for a spring harvest!

susan berry
11/15/2012 2:53:45 AM

Hi Mary, Try a raised bed or build up an area for drainage. They be grown in a container too since they grow vertically, it is easy to grow them this way. Thanks for visiting my blog. Susan

mary carton
11/15/2012 2:30:31 AM

Welcome to the GRIT bloggers. I blog as Rosedale Garden. Every year I plan to go some, but usually we have so much rain in the spring that I can't get into the garden to plow and by the time my low area is dry enough, it's too late to plant them. The last several falls have been too dry. I have managed once to grow some and loved them.

milk maid
11/14/2012 9:07:39 PM

Susan, what a wonderful crop of peas. Very hot here in Texas also and they are hard to grow. Suzy

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