Here it is: the first pea pod I've ever produced.
Pardon my excitement, but I can't help taking a virtual curtsy.
A little background: these were direct sown on February 12 and were off to a good start by three weeks later. These are Sugar Ann peas from Cornucopia and are ready to harvest in "just 45 days," according to the package. It's been more like double that and there are hardly enough to "harvest" but I am proud of them nonetheless.
More from the seed packet: All-America Selections Winner, Early, Sweet, Edible-Pod Type, Disease Resistant, Bush Plants Require Little Support. It advises harvesting when pods are 2-1/2 inches long, plump and snap like a bean. Time to get out the ruler!
Any other Zone 9 gardeners have experience with peas? I'd love to hear your stories. In mild climates like ours, I understand they can be grown during the fall and winter as well as spring.
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