My peas are nearly ready...
I watch them grow on a daily basis. Some of you might perhaps remember that I have a few plants of each of four different early varieties: Misty, Ambassador, Kelvedon Wonder and Early Onward. This is why the plants are all different heights.
My plan was that the different varieties would mature at slightly different times, thus extending the harvesting period. However (and yes, I know they are all Early varieties) they appear to be determined to mature at pretty much the same time. The first of the pods is just beginning to swell. I call this "inflating", because the pod gets big and fat before the peas inside it do, and for a while it seems to be just full of air.
This pod might look big enough to pick, but it isn't. Inside, the peas will be very tiny still. Knowing when to pick peas is very much a matter of experience, I think. Too soon, and the potential of the harvest will be unfulfilled; too late and the peas will have gone floury. My advice is - when you think the peas are maybe a week short of being ready, pick one pod and see what's inside. Based on what you see, you can then make a more reasonable judgement about when to pick the crop. [I picked that pod yesterday. The peas inside were very sweet, but also very small. Another few days required...]
And these ones in the picture above are obviously not yet ready, since the flowers have not yet fallen off the pods. Patience!