If growing more than one pea variety, grow them in different areas of the garden. They can be cross-pollinated and will not produce the same variety once they go to seed.
There are climbing, dwarf bush and pole peas. The pole and climbing peas usually need support, like a trellis. They are more prolific than dwarf pea varieties. Dwarf bush peas are fine without support, providing they are close to another plant.
Pick peas when crisp and full. Don't wait until the color starts to fade, or the pod is rigid. Harvest peas daily to increase production. Once the pea crop is finished, turn the plant into the soil to add nitrogen.
Garden/ Shelling Peas
The best time to grow sugar snap peas is in March and April, though they can be grown year round.
Harvest snap peas when they are plump.
Sugar snap peas are sweeter than snow peas, and don't need to be shelled like garden peas. Snap peas generally have more flavor than garden or snow peas. Remove string from pod's edge before eating. Roast, steam, stir fry, add to salads, eat raw, dip in hummus. Do not overcook!
Sugar snap peas are a great source of vitamin C and fiber, and a good source of vitamin K.
Pea 'Spring Blush Tendril'
Pisum sativum 'Spring Blush Tendril'
Origin:Variety bred by Alan Kapuler PhD.
Height/width: 5-6' tall.
Culture: Sun. Regular water. Well-drained soil.
Description: Snap pea. Green pod with reddish-pinktint. Purple and white flower. Vigorous vine needs support, tendrils help vine climb. Immature pods lend a colorful touch to salads. Edible and ornamental.
Harvest time: Better harvested when pods are immature. 70 days.
Snow peas can tolerate snow and frost. Best time to grow is spring- early winter, though can usually be planted year round. Harvest snow peas when pods are immature.
Before eating snow peas, remove the string from the edge of the pod. Roast, steam, stir fry,
add to salads, eat raw, dip in hummus. Do not overcook!
Snow peas are a great source of vitamin C and fiber, and a good source of vitamin K.
Pea Dwarf 'Grey Sugar'
Pisum sativum 'Dwarf Grey Sugar'
Height/width: 3' tall/ 6" spacing
Culture: Full sun to part shade. Regular water. Well-drained soil.
Description: Heirloom sugar snow pea. Bush. Purple flowers. 2-3" pods. Prolific spring and fall crop. Needs little to no support. Approximately 60 days.
Harvest Time: When pods are tender, plump and immature.
Eat peas/ pods fresh, in salads, steam or stir fry. Pea shoots edible too.
Pea 'Oregon Giant'
Pisum sativum 'Oregon Giant'
Origin:Oregon State University
Height/width: 2 1/2- 3 feet tall
Culture: Full sun. Rich soil. Regular water. Cold tolerant.
Description: Prolific sugar snow pea. 5" crunchy pods. Compact vine. Powdery mildew resistant. Need little to no support. Open-pollinated.
Harvest time: When pods are mature, and about 5" long. 70-75 days.
Eat fresh or cook in a stir fry.