Pea Seeds,Early Alaska (Smooth) 55-60 Days. Delicious fresh, frozen, or canned.
Alaska WR English Peas Seeds
Early-season heirloom known for its delicious soup peas
Very early; great for short season areas; good yields of delicious soup peas. An heirloom from 1880.
Fabaceae Pisum sativum
Zones: 3 - 9 (-30? F.)
Height: 25-30 in
Spacing: 2-3 in between plants, 18-24 inches between rows
Depth: 1-1.5 in
Spread: 5 in
Sun/Shade: full sun
Germination: 7-10 days
Days To Maturity: 67
P. sativum (Green Pea, Garden Pea and English Pea)
Do not plant peas in the same place more than once in every 4 years. Avoid planting where in places where peas have suffered before from root rot.
Pea pods usually measure anywhere from 1-3/4 and 6 inches. They are best harvested when they are slightly immature as this will give you the sweetest taste. The peas that are ready first will be located at the bottom of the plant and once they are ready start picking because this will encourage the plant to produce more. You will know they are ready when the pod looks green, shiny, and puffy and you pinch the pod you can feel fully formed round fruit. Another way to check is to look at the seam on the sides of the pods. Rip peas will change from a convex to a concave shape. To pick peas hold on to the pod with one hand and vine with the other and tug it off. They tend to want to hold on to the vine so make sure you don’t tug the vine out of the ground.
If you are growing snap peas make sure to pick them before the peas inside the pod fill out as their sweetness diminishes as the seed grows. Snow peas should be harvested when the pods are still flat.
Peas quickly loose their sweetness after harvesting so make sure to use them immediately. If you don’t need them right away make sure to freeze them to preserve their flavor.
Save pea seeds by allowing the pods to ripen on the plants until they’re dry and starting to turn brown, with the seeds rattling inside. This may be as long as a month after you would normally harvest the peas or beans to eat. Strip the pods from the plants and spread them out to dry indoors. They should dry at least two weeks before shelling, or you can leave the seeds in the pods until planting time.
Plant seeds 1 to 2 inches deep, 1 to 4 inches apart in rows 18 inches apart.
OPTION PLANTING FOR MAXIMUM PRODUCTION AND SPACE USAGE:
Sow 2 rows or 3 rows about 3 to 4 inches apart staggering seeds across from first row in a 3-4 inch-wide band next to first or second row.
2 Oz. package plants around 20-25 ft long single rows.
2 to 3 pkts. needed for the staggered planted rows if using OPTION PLANTING.
Trellis your peas for ease of picking.
Shallow planting is best when soils are cool and wet. Plant deeper if soil is dry. A quick way to seed is to make a furrow or trench with a hoe, place seed in the furrow, cover and firm. Do not thin.
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