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Hello Peas!

June 4th, 2013

I noticed a few days ago that one row of peas is blooming quite nicely. These are ‘Dakota’ peas that were planted on April 5th. Most likely, they’ll be fruiting while we’re back in Ohio (which will be the last half of the month of June). Dailon will most likely greatly enjoy them. I’m also growing ‘Green Arrow’ and ‘Lincoln’ peas.
spring peas 1
What I noticed about these plants is that they’re very short, they’re only 12-18 inches tall at best. I have them supported with chicken wire staked with bamboo poles, but I’m thinking I wouldn’t need that at all.
spring peas 2
I’m really looking forward to garden fresh peas this year. I have two 70 foot rows up in the main garden, with hopes of filling my freezer with delicious peas. There’s just something not quite right about beef stew or chicken & dumplings if there are no peas in them!

Do you grow garden peas? Which variety is your favorite?

10 Comments to “Hello Peas!”
  1. Adelina Anderson on June 4, 2013 at 6:08 am

    We grew peas a few years ago. Of course none of them made it to the kitchen. If the kids wanted a snack they went out to the garden and ate the peas. I heard the peas were very good.

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  2. Adriana on June 4, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I noticed our peas were starting to flower this week too! So exciting! We can never manage to plant enough peas. The kids like to munch on them fresh in the garden and we always run out of the the ones we freeze early… One of the new to me varieties I planted this year is really short with a lot of tendrils on top and another has flowers with really dark pink centers. So pretty! I’ve been growing Caselode for a few years, it’s one of our favorites for freezing. Also Green Arrow, Canoe, Blauschokker (has purple pods), and Sugar Snap.

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  3. Beth K on June 4, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I planted some Lincoln peas this year, too! We have always planted Wando in the past (they have always been recommended to take the heat and produce a little longer). I love peas and look forward to having enough to freeze this year.

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  4. Sierra N Hampl on June 4, 2013 at 8:23 am

    So far, my peas are growing better than anything else in my garden!

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  5. Joan on June 4, 2013 at 8:26 am

    We always plant a few shelling peas, to eat fresh in the garden or for a few meals. Mostly I plant snap peas because they are so much less work to freeze – I get about 10 times the yield for the same amount of work that I would with shelling peas. Of course, we would love to have more shelled peas in the freezer! I have high hopes that some of the new community kitchen projects may freeze up peas and sell them – they would be my first choice of a vegetable to have more of in my freezer.

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  6. amy on June 4, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Our peas are growing strong but most are eaten straight out of the garden…..As you guys were talking about yesterday….the veg out of a can…..I remember my first experience with peas out of can….I would eat them….but they cannot compare to right out of the garden! We grow Lincoln, Petite Pois Precoville…..and some variety of sugar snap…whose name I cannot recall…..I will replant again for a fall crop… of my most favorite crops.

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  7. Maybelline on June 4, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    How wonderfully diverse or big old country is. Peas are a winter crop here in zone 8-9 Bakersfield, California. I enjoy the Tall Telephone variety. I can grow a nice wall of peas throughout the winter months.

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  8. Caroline on June 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I just put some Super Sugar Snap Peas in the ground this evening! It’s a little bit late of a start, but only by about 3 weeks.. and it’s been SO cold and rainy and gross this spring, if it continues in this trend I imagine we’ll be OK! I staked a tomato cage and then planted a seed near each of the spikes in the ground so that they can grow up it.

    I don’t like peas themselves, but I love pea pods in stir fry and salads.

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  9. bonnie k. on June 5, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Wando. It’s the variety that can handle the heat we often get before the pea season is done here in the middle of NC.

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  10. Jo on June 5, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Wow, I just discovered your blog and your photos are stunning! Something to aspire to!

    I have real trouble growing peas, snails and slugs just gobble them up over night!

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