How to Grow Telephone Peas
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Telephone peas produce large pods that generally hold from eight to 10 peas. These climbing peas can reach five feet or more and are prolific producers of sweet juicy peas that are unmatched by dwarf varies. They bear fruit in mid summer and last for several weeks. Picking young peas before they have matured will encourage the plant to continue producing peas. They are grown in much the same conditions as their shorter relatives, but do require considerable support in the form of a fence or trellis.
Growing Telephone Peas
Select a growing area and install a five foot fence or trellis. Chain linked fence works well for telephone peas, but they can be grown on plastic garden fencing, trellises, or even with garden twine on wooden posts. Choose a fence that fits your budget and gardening style.
Soak the pea seed in a bucket of tepid water overnight. The seeds will swell as they take in moisture so allow plenty of room. These seeds will easily double in size so plan accordingly.
Plant pea seeds as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring.
Plant pea seeds to a depth of 1 1/2 inches and space two to three inches apart. Although it is certainly acceptable to plant peas in a straight row, many prefer to broadcast pea seed over a six inch wide row. If space allows, try planting a wide row on either side of the fence to double the crop.
Keep soil evenly moist until the peas emerge in about seven to 10 days.
Harvest fresh peas as soon as the pods have filled out.