Harvesting First Tom Thumb Peas

Up close shot of a Tom Thumb pea.
Up close shot of a Tom Thumb pea.

Oh what an exciting day in the garden! The moment the kids have been waiting for. It was time to harvest the first very peas from their Tom Thumb pea gardens. The kids have enjoying watching their plants grow from little seedling to developing flowers to the first peas. Great for the kids to learn that their are stages of growth.

Tom Thumb peas beginning to fatten up. Pods should be swollen and feel full when they are ripe for the picking.
Tom Thumb peas beginning to fatten up. Pods should be swollen and feel full when they are ripe for the picking.

Without further ado, check out this video of the kids celebrating their first pea harvest.

I did allow the kids to pick some peas that could have been a little more plump with bigger peas inside. They were just too excited. The pods are all the smaller side, producing about 4-5 peas per pod. Not the most productive peas. Their height has been perfect for the kids – very easy for them to handle. I would look into trying another variety in a pot next time, maybe one that produces more. We will see. The plants are still producing, although they don’t look as nice anymore as some of the bottom leaves are beginning to brown.

Here are some more pictures of the Tom Thumb plants.

Overhead view of one of my kids' pot of Tom Thumb peas.  The top is still producing new flowers, while the bottom leaves are turning brown.
Overhead view of one of my kids’ pot of Tom Thumb peas. The top is still producing new flowers, while the bottom leaves are turning brown.
Beautiful shot of a Tom Thumb pea pod.
Beautiful shot of a Tom Thumb pea pod.
A couple peas that are ready for my kids to eat. Doubt these will ever make it inside the house!
A couple peas that are ready for my kids to eat. Doubt these will ever make it inside the house!
Peas beginning to form from the flowers. Great lesson for the kids to learn, that the flowers turn into peas.
Peas beginning to form from the flowers. Great lesson for the kids to learn, that the flowers turn into peas.

So far this has been a wonderful experience with the kids. They love that they get to “own” their own garden spaces. Once the peas are done, they will get to pick whatever they want to place in their pots.