Thursday, February 17, 2011

Yes Peas!



Tall Telephone Peas were planted back in September and are now finally starting to fatten up.  That’s five months.  I thought I would have peas around Christmastime.  Sheesh! 

The seeds came from Terroir Seeds with this description:

68-78 Days.  Swiss heirloom dating to 1878.  Many vines and a profusion of easy-to-pick pods with 8-9 tasty peas each.  Long season.  Pisum stavum 

The packet instructions give these directions:

As soon as soil can be worked in spring, sow peas in full sun, 2” deep and 6” apart within the rows and space the rows 2’ apart.  Germination takes 7-10 days.  Sow successively every two weeks until temperatures remain above 78 °F, and again in mid to late summer for a fall crop.  Vining types need trellises or supports.

I suppose I should have planted them in August rather than September.  Planting a couple of more rows to try to get some spring peas is probably a good idea since I come out and eat these off the vine at lunchtime. Preserving any is doubtful.  At $2.95 for 100 seeds, it’s a pretty economical way to garden. These plants are over 6’ tall.  Make sure to provide tall enough support.

Enjoy some pea facts and pea recipes at


Lisa Paul said...

My peas haven't survived the cold snap we've had. Well, maybe they'll survive, but they certainly have arrested development. Five and a half months for mine too and only a few peas to show for it.

Amy said...

I like the new pink look on your blog. Peas are looking good...i just don't like to eat them.


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Christine said...

How about posting an update? This is my first year successfully planting peas and I am just tickled that they have sprouted and look healthy. I probably could have planted much earlier as well. Last year I planted way too late and they never even sprouted. I'd love to see how yours look now and am interested in how good the harvest was/is. Thanks!