Wow, how things have grown at the Ladner Community Garden! I was at the garden this morning to get the children's garden watered before it got too warm out and to harvest some peas. The peas were planted back in March by the grade three class. We had lots of snacking of the pods when the class was there. Now the pods are full of peas and ready to be harvested.
Standard peas are harvested when the pods have filled out but before the peas become tough and lose sweetness. Be careful not to injure the vines when picking.
Just look how well the peas have produced this year! I hope to plant some more peas but they need to go in before July 15 for fall harvesting. I harvested approximately 4 1/2 pounds of peas. Mind you I still have yet to shell them.
Fresh peas in their pods will keep in the fridge for 7-10 days. Flavour is best when eaten soon after harvest.
So be sure to check your peas in your gardens. Harvest them as they mature. The peas along the bottom of the plant are well hidden and usually ready first. Leave any pods that are not ready to fill out for another harvest next week.