We have some of these growing in the garden.
They are starting to get big enough that I need to go back and add a trellis for them to climb on. We really should have put one in when we planted the seeds because now we need to work it in amongst all the plants already growing up. And it’s gotten really hot here so we don’t want to spend a lot of time outside unless it’s next to a pool – working around all the leaves & branches of the other plants takes a little bit of time.
I remember growing these when I was a kid. I’m not sure any ever made it into the house. We’d be in the back yard playing and get hungry. Over to the garden we’d go to the garden an pull up a carrot, pick some peas, or swipe some other yummy goodness and wash it off in the sprinkler. A backyard garden is a win-win – parents get kids to eat health snacks & kids don’t have to take time out of playing to trudge inside for something to eat.
|Common Name|| |
|Formal Name||type formal name here|
|Description||This pea was developed by the University or Oregon to produce an abundant crop of 4” pea pods.|
|Light Requirements|| |
|Soil Requirements||Rich, nicely composted|
|Height||30” – 36”|
|Spread||Rows should be at least 12” – 18” apart although 24” apart is ideal.|
|Growing Zone||Will perform anywhere soil maintains a temperature of 50 degrees or more.|
|Harvesting||Harvest about 68 days after sowing when pods are just getting firm. As long as there are at least 68 days until frost, a second crop may be sown and harvested in the fall.|
|Fertilization||As long as seeds are planted in decent soil, supplementing fertilizer about one week after planting should be sufficient|
|Growth Cycle||Germination in 1 to 2 weeks; ready for harvest in 60 – 70 days.|
Seeds (dried peas)
|Special Features|| |
|Known Issues||Will likely stop producing one the temperatures consistently reach 80 degrees or higher.|
|Planting Instructions||Sow directly in garden about 2” below soil level and cover with garden soil. Plant six inches apart in rows. A trellis will help this vine-y plant grow to its fullest potential – only one is necessary for every two rows.|