This year I wanted to try out several different types of peas. I choose two shelling types: burpeeana-early and wando. I choose the wando peas, because they are said to withstand the heat better than other varieties. I planted to plant these peas later than my other ones, so they made the perfect choice. The pods are suppose to produce about 6-8 peas per pod. These pods are not edible like those of the sugar snap.
These peas do need some support but it can be done on the cheap. I just bought some wooden stakes and some plastic mesh netting. We used a staple gun to attach the netting to the stakes. These peas can grow up to 2-3 feet tall. I planted the seeds on both sides of the stakes, so make sure you leave room to do so and you can double your crop.
When I planted the peas, I put them close together, about an inch apart. Peas don’t mind being close together, in fact the competition for space will help the peas grow nice and tall.
One can expect to harvest these shelling peas after 68 days. I planted them on Sunday, April 25th, so counting ahead 68 days, bring us to Friday, July 2nd.