Wow. What a pea season. I have never trying to growing so many varieties in one year (18 total). It was so fun to taste and watch the different plants grow. As my plants are all but done for the season I wanted to take so time to go back and review some of the varieties I grew this year. I am starting off with the Green Beauty Snow peas. I picked up this variety for the first time this season from Baker Creek.
The description that Baker Creek gave about this pea was that the flower it produced were “magnificent”. Look at the photo above. I think that qualifies for magnificent.
Move aside celery, snow peas can be used to hold peanut butter as well. Put the peas inside on top and you have a slightly different version of “ants on a log”. This just shows you how long these snow peas stay tender. It’s amazing.
I planted Green Beauty in two spots. I grew them along side some sticks with yarn tied in between them for support.
The other spot was with a tripod. I think both methods worked equally well. I do have to say that tying the yarn to the sticks was a lot easier. They have a rougher surface, making the yarn stay on better – as it has something to get stuck on. Whereas the store bough stakes are a lot smoother, so it slips off more easily. The free sticks I gathered around my property for the win!
Pros: The pods grew really fast. I was amazed after one day how big they grew. They were also very sweet and tender. Probably the most flavorful snow pea I grew this year.
Cons: Didn’t produce as many peas as some of my other plants. However I will give them a pass this year because I didn’t think they had the ideal location. They deserve a bigger, better spot next year. Maybe not quite a con, but the only thing that didn’t go well with growing Green Beauty this year.
Will I Grow Them Next Season: Oh yeah. So many reasons to give them a large spot in my garden. I will have to acquire some more seed though, as I was trying to dry the seed on the plants and something got into my garden and ate the seeds – yet they left alone any still green peas or my green beans, go figure!