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oakley October 9, 2017 12:51 PM

Surprising NEast Fall pea harvest
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When I harvested the garlic bed August 5th I planted a row of
peas not expecting much. Fall radishes down the middle.

They survived 2 light frosts and taste as good as my Spring
harvest. Maybe just good weather luck but will try this again.
If the weather holds I should get another basket.

Wonder how they would do in Newfoundland. :D

bower October 9, 2017 02:21 PM

Those look good Oakley!:D What variety of peas are those?

Peas are a good crop here in NL - unlike beans which are really iffy. I have a small pea harvest happening here too at the moment - but I didn't have a crop earlier at all. Spring was too late, too much on the go.
I planted a few seeds of some several varieties mostly from swaps, and not sure whether they were crossed or which ones didn't germinate. The only one that is what it is for sure is Golden Sweet, that was from my own seeds. And I had a pack of Sugar Anns from Halifax Seed, but some of them are crossed with a shellie. It's annoying to pick through them spitting out the pods that aren't edible. :surprised::evil:

oakley October 9, 2017 03:15 PM

It must be SuperSugarSnap. SugarAnn is never that fat. The
other is RoyalSnow from Johnny's. Needs another week so I just
harvest about half.

Stocked up on Halifax seed on the way back at Masstown NS.
Most seeds were 75% off. And hopefully do not have a cross....
I avoid shellies also.

My Spring crop was a bit thin even sowing every week for about
5 weeks.

I thought they might do well there. Great to know! :)

bower October 9, 2017 04:40 PM

Yes, we don't get early spring peas like other places do - because of our late frosts. But starting under row cover works really well for the earliest possible. Pea crop is typically in July or even August though. And for real slackers like me, maybe September!

I just pulled my carrots - experimental rotation in the garlic bed, planted too late. Well they are crisp and lovely but as yet very small.... the yield if compared to what is on the market would not equal value of the price I paid for the seeds, or the time it took to pull them. :oops: And since I want to plant garlic there pretty soon indeed, I can't just leave them to get (even a little!) bigger. Oh well.
Carrots are a good crop to plant late - mid July - in order to avoid the carrot rust fly. No flies on these, and no wireworms in the bed which is good news alright! But I should've used my head about late rotations before a fall planted crop.. doh. :roll:

PhilaGardener October 9, 2017 09:56 PM

Great looking Fall peas! Mine are just starting to bud, but I also have a while (I hope) before the frosts!

clkeiper October 9, 2017 10:10 PM

good job. We have never been able to get a Fall crop. they always get powdery mildew and die. this year the Spring crop got too old too fast because it was to hot and dropped the peas before we could pull the plants. we got a volunteer crop of snow peas this Fall. first time ever.

EPawlick October 10, 2017 08:18 PM

Real nice!

I don't have any luck with peas either early or late.

The only peas that grow well for me are Snow peas.

oakley October 11, 2017 10:20 AM

I gave up a long time ago trying to crack the secret pea growers
code for success.

I just soak a mixed variety cupfull the day before planting as soon
as the soil has thawed in early Spring. At that time I start a cell
flat to plant a week or two later. Then keep sowing seed for a few
more weeks. Mostly direct seed.

The weather is just so unpredictable especially when it is just too
wet, the seed rots. At least one sowing out of the five will take
and so worth it. Critters, probably birds, get their fill.

This Fall crop, what a bonus. And very sweet and crisp.
Not at all troubled by the two light frosts.

The Fall radishes are not looking so great. Pencils. suppose to be
fatties. The watermelon variety. :(

KarenO October 11, 2017 04:41 PM

Inspiring me to try next year. Taste of green Spring I bet.

Keen101 October 12, 2017 09:17 PM


Originally Posted by bower (Post 667461)
I had a pack of Sugar Anns from Halifax Seed, but some of them are crossed with a shellie. It's annoying to pick through them spitting out the pods that aren't edible. :surprised::evil:

Not necessarily. I've heard many reports of this phenomenon. I don't currently grow enough snap types to really have been looking for it, but what you observed / experienced may have not actually been a cross but the inherent flaw of the snap peas that also carry the stringless (sin2) gene which is temperature dependent. Apparently you actually need warm weather to get good stringless snap peas whereas in cooler weather they will have more fiber and resemble a shelling pea more.

Peas very rarely cross because the flowers are so tightly closed that few bees can get into the flower unless they chew their way in. And even then pea flowers self pollinate often before they open. Not saying it doesn't happen, but not very often.

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