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 peas.org.