Why I Am Growing…Sutton’s Harbinger Peas

Sutton's Harbinger

Alright everyone, this is the final entry in my series “Why I Am Growing“. I have brought to you the reasons why I have chosen to grow each variety I am pea that is in my garden. To view the entire series, click here (after you finish this post of course). The final entry is the Sutton’s Harbinger pea. This is an heirloom variety that was introduced in the England around 1898. I got the seed from Seed Savers Exchange.

Reasons I am growing this variety:
1. Organic seed was available
2. Said to be early, so hopefully will be one of the first varieties to produce in my garden this year. 52 to 60 days is the average I have seen on several websites.
3. It’s been called a heavy producer.
4. Vines grow to about 32 inches tall. The perfect height to grow with minimal support of my tomato cages.

Sutton's Harbinger Shelling Pea - This one is so cute. It is growing straight up in the air with nicely round leaves.
Sutton’s Harbinger Shelling Pea – This one is so cute. It is growing straight up in the air with nicely round leaves.

I picked up 3 different varieties of peas from Seed Savers (the other two are British Wonder and Kelvedon Wonder), they are all shelling peas and that should all grow to a similar height. I will be reviewing which variety grew the best and most importantly tasted the best. So far the British Wonder variety has sprouted the best. My Sutton’s aren’t doing too bad themselves. The Kelvedon Wonder germinated the least of all 3 varieties, so I will have less plants to compare. All three varieties are being supportef by some old tomato cages. The cages are the perfect height and give plenty of support to the peas. Plus they are easy to install, just stick them in the ground. No need to tie any string – like I did with my taller growing varieties.

Now that I am done with this series, check back at the end of the season for my reviews on how each variety performed.