Plant feature: Peas

It has been a busy week and I am falling a bit behind on updating the blog. The garden has entered the period where most of the plants kick it into high gear and start growing like crazy. Those of you who have opted to follow along on twitter have had a chance to see some of the new heights recently attained by the green beans and sunflowers. The peas have been no exception reaching a record height in the garden. Not only have the plants grown tall, but they have been producing quite a few tasty pea pods as well. The first pea harvest for 2014 was this past Sunday with a second larger one tonight.

While radish and lettuce are nice, I really look forward to the first pea harvest of the year. For my garden, it generally is the vanguard of the summer vegetables. This year, as in years past, I have planted Sugar Snap peas from Burpee. The peas were planted back on April 20th.  The only real issue with these peas is getting them started. Once they get up off the ground and out of reach of the ground bugs, they climb the strings with ease. A short 63 days after planting and I get a nice bowl of peas for dinner.

In years past I have tried for a fall crop with limited success.  I haven’t decided if I will give them a try this year or not.

Tall peas with blooms and pods

Tall peas with blooms and pods

First harvest of peas

First harvest of peas

Second harvest of peas

Second harvest of peas

Peas climbing higher than the trellis

Peas climbing higher than the trellis

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