I tried to put peas out spectacularly early this year. The local extension said I could direct sow peas as soon as the soil is workable in the end of January. If you’ve been reading, then you know that I started peas indoors on January 2nd. Doesn’t this remind you of that Mervyn’s commercial where the woman is sitting outside of the store chanting “Open, open, open…”? That is SO me.
I only grew very few peas last year, but I got quite a harvest out of them. I decided early on that I wanted to try growing only heirlooms this year. The varieties I wanted to try are: Alaska (the earliest peas of them all!), Sugar Ann, Blue Podded, Russian Sugar, Oregon Sugar Pod II, and Cascadia. I started a half dozen of each variety. According to the packages, the average germination date was supposed to take 14 days. The Alaska’s (the earliest of them all!) were NOT the first to germinate. The Russians were. (Those Ruskies!!) We planted these peas on the 2nd, they germinated on the 8th. A bit less than the 14 quoted days I’d say. The Alaska peas germinated the next day, alongside the sugar ann’s. The blue podded peas weren’t started until the 14th. They also germinated within a couple of days.
I’ll start with the bad news. I have lost the wire-ish thingy (to use the technical term) that attaches my camera to my computer. I will at some point in the future do a post dedicated to helping confused gardeners identify the kind of peas they have.
The good news is that my germination rate was great. AND after a week in the garden, all plants are doing nicely. A few words about the various varieties. I absolutely love the Russian and Blue podded peas.
Because the Blue Podded peas are the kind of peas that don’t have edible pods, we probably won’t grow more than a half dozen of these at a time. My hubby is not a pea lover (yes, he’s picky, but of course, he married me!), so the best I can hope for is to add these to soups and to dry them for pea soup. These plants are absolutely beautiful! They have little streaks of purple running through the leaves. It’s supposed to produce purple flowers, too! I’m so excited. These are going to be just lovely.
The Russians are also beautiful plants. There is a stripe of pink that goes through the vines and onto the leaves. It’s supposed to produce mauve and purple flowers.
I guess I can be open minded and say these could still disappoint me, but WOW! These are turning out just great for now.
The cascadia’s are very dainty looking vines. The Alaska’s are turning out huge. The OSP’s didn’t have a great germination rate compared to the others (60%).
OK, more at the end of the season on the productivity.