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Two varieties I like to grow (and eat) are the sugar snap and snow peas. Both are edible pod varieties.
There are, of course, other varieties which the shells are simply too tough to be eaten. For me the edible pod variety is best, because of their sweetness and because I don’t care to go to the trouble of shelling peas. If I raised pigs I might be inclined to grow peas that require shelling, because the shell can be used as fodder for the hogs, but I don’t so I won’t.
One of the nice things about peas is that they can be planted quite early in the spring and they grow quickly so they are one of the first crops to be harvested in early summer. I was able to plant some of the edible pod snow peas just before I left for my trip to Hong Kong in late April.
When I returned I did another sowing of sugar snaps as my second planting. Both of these varieties are producing in abundance now. I may also plant another batch in late July to harvest in September.
One trick I have found to aid in boosting production is to add a bit of bonemeal to the row at the time the seeds are sown.
Peas are a climbing plant, so it is important to have a trellis for them to climb up.
Some of the pods grew quickly and became large and a little tough, so I decided to shell those and just mix them together with those still in the pod.
It is always such a great reward for me when I harvest the first crops of the season. I’ve had several servings of fresh pea this season already.