When it comes to fresh-from-the-garden vegetables that cause you swear off grocery store knock-offs, peas are at the top of the list. Fresh from the pod, peas are exquisite! They are easy to grow, easy to pick and if you have never eaten a fresh pea still in the pod, you are in for a great treat. Now is the time to plant peas for a fall harvest.
Peas can and will climb so be sure to set up a fence or trellis. In the past I have tried fence posts with string – don’t try it – it doesn’t work. I have tried utilizing corral panels from the co-op and they were great for shorter beds. They come in 16 foot lengths, are inexpensive and last forever. For a longer bed though, I felt that I had to use actual fencing. We strung it tight with two t-posts which is very important for picking time. You don’t want the weight of the peas to pull the trellis over.
For your own garden we still have few different varieties of pea seeds for sale in the store. You will even find some varieties that thrive in pots for those who want the delicious taste of fresh peas but lack the space. So, there’s a pea for everyone.