This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, October 08, 2007

fall peas

pea trellis fall peas
My fall crop of peas is a couple feet tall now. I planted them on August 11. The variety is Alderan (Tall Telephone).

Here's the description form Sandhill Preservation Center, where I got these heirloom seeds: "Alderman (Tall Telephone): 75 days. I remember how much I enjoyed growing this variety in the cooler Springs in the Northwest. There it would reach 6 feet tall and be loaded with pods. Our rapidly changing climate here makes them shorter."

Pisum sativum


Blogger Matron said...

What a wonderful name - Tall Telephone - I'm quite interested in forgotten varieties of veg. Lots of the old pea varieties are much taller and bigger as there was a demand for dwarf varieties for smaller gardens. Look forward to seeing the results.

October 09, 2007 5:05 AM

Blogger carletongardener said...

Yes, a great name. I'm looking for peas that grow TALL. Its a good way to get more from a small space. I suppose the dwarfs don't need a trellis, so they're easier. Its hard to find tall peas. The old Dutch Capucijner soup peas I grew were nice and tall.

October 09, 2007 11:56 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

It seems like these peas grew two feet this week. Out weather has cooled off and they seem very happy! Maybe they'll reach 6 feet yet.

October 11, 2007 9:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there! You have a great blog and you have utilized the area in your garden wonderfully! I had a quick question for you. I planted my first fall vegetable garden and am almost to a point where I need to stake my peas (Little Marvels and Super Sugar Snaps). I was wondering the best way to do that and what do I use? Thanks so much for any help you can give me. Just in case, the peas are planted in an 8' x 4' raised bed and the peas are in two rows along the 4' end of the bed.

October 16, 2007 6:34 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

I am very late in finding your question. Better late than never??

Anyway, my favorite staking method now is to make a tepee out of sticks or poles and then run string up it in spirals. Pea tendrils do best on string, I find. And tepees are the most stable support.

I hope your fall peas did well.

August 11 was too late to plant mine. They did not make any peas before the winter set in. Maybe I will use August 1 (or earlier?) as a last planting date in the future.

January 01, 2008 10:38 PM

Anonymous SeattleMom said...

Hi there, I live in the Seattle area and started a small vegtable garden myself this year. I got some starts of the tall telephone peas but unfortunately I'm a VERY novice gardener and when I asked the local Master Gardeners about when would be the ideal time to harvest they had no advice for me. The peas have been in bloom for almost 2 months now and are still continuing to produce new blosssoms. The are in a the most sunny location I can place them but frankly other than watering regularly, I have no idea what I'm doing. Can anyone offer any advice or insight? I started the garden for my kiddos so I don't want to disappoint :)

July 01, 2008 9:18 PM


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