It’s time. Time to harvest the first thing from my garden this year. Oh what an exciting time! All the work I have put in is starting to show results. While at this point all of my peas are flowering, not all are ready to be harvested. The first variety I had ready is my Sugar Ann Snap Peas. This snap pea that doesn’t grow very tall, only a couple feet. It can be grown without support. Your standard Sugar Snap Pea grows to up to 6 feet.
I originally planted these peas on Friday, April 11th. I took my first pea off the plant on Sunday, June 1st. It took 50 days from planting seed to eating my first pea. Not bad at all! If you are looking to grow a variety that you can harvest fast, then Sugar Ann might be right up your alley. Here are some more pictures of their growth:
I have this row of peas planted near my fence. As you can see it is grabbing onto the fence. Even thought they are short, it’s still nice to have some support in case the plants get heavy with peas or there is a strong wind storm.
If you look closely at the leaves you can see that something is eating holes in them. Not sure what it is, but it’s not too damaging at this point, so I am not going to worry about it. My other plants seem to be doing fine.
When the peas start growing I check once day to see what needs to be harvested. I want to keep a steady harvest going, so I pick often. I look for peas that are of good size and before the actual peas inside start to swell up. If you do have some that are starting to swell you can just peel them open or you can let them hang on the plants until they dry up and use them as seed for the next season.