Here's a general view of them, protected under netting in one of the raised beds.
The bed is 2.4 metres long and I sowed only one row - the other plants you can see behind the peas are Broad Beans. I divided the row into 4 parts, each approximately 60cm long, so that I could plant more than one type of pea, hoping that they would mature at different times. Actually I planted three types - Purple Podded Desiree (the two 60cm end-sections are devoted to these), Premium, and Boogie.
I sowed the peas pretty thickly, because I know that they usually don't all germinate (some will rot, and some will be stolen by mice). I didn't count them but I would estimate that in each 60cm stretch there must have been about 60 peas. The Desiree peas germinated first and most successfully:
|Purple Podded Desiree|
The other types did less well, with a fairly modest germination success rate. These are Premium:
And these are Boogie:
The Boogie peas seedlings have a very distinctive style - you can see why they got their name!
|C'mon Man, let's Boogie!|
I've shown in a previous post the support structure I use for my peas, which is a piece of chicken-wire stretched between two stout wooden posts. Here you can see the bottom part of it. The chicken wire is stabilised by three bamboo canes which also serve to mark the boundary between the various types of pea.
|Premium (Left) and Boogie (Right)|
I know I'm never going to get a huge quantity of peas from one little row, but believe me - it's worth it! Home-grown peas (especially the ones stolen when you are "just checking to see if they are ready") are so much nicer than ones bought in a shop, which have probably been picked several days before you buy them. As soon as the pods are picked the sugars in the peas start turning to starch, so eating peas as soon as possible after harvesting is highly desirable. I remember once seeing on TV how Birds Eye Frozen Peas are made. They are often harvested in the middle of the night because they have to be frozen and packed within 24 hours of picking and every minute is precious, and I have to admit that frozen peas are generally nicer than "fresh" ones (other than those you grow yourself of course!).
By the way, if you think my little row of peas is neat, you should visit Daphne's Dandelions and see how well-organised Daphne's pea-production arrangements are - most impressive!