There is nothing like eating freshly picked peas right from the pea pod when their sweetness is at its peak.
From 1829 to 1856, George Macculloch (1775-1858) recorded in his garden journal the dates he planted, the dates he gathered and how far apart he planted his crops each year. In 1840, Macculloch wrote, “late pease never answer”. This meant his second crop of peas didn’t do as well as the first crop. Despite this, according to his garden journal, Macculloch did try planting a second crop of peas again in 1846. He learned that if he planted the second crop 12 to 15 days after the first crop (March 20) the results were more successful.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was also fond of growing peas and he had 15 varieties of English peas grown in his garden. Jefferson and other farmers held an annual contest to see which farm could bring to the table the first peas of spring.
If you have picky eaters not interested in eating their peas or other veggies, try showing them these videos.
Plant a late crop of peas for a fall harvest according to your zone planting schedule.
Need more reasons to plant peas? Read 5 great reasons to grow peas from Garden Gate magazine.
Topic: Citizen Science, Garden Goodies
Age / Level: Elementary