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Dwarf Gray Sugar Pod Snap Pea

Dwarf Gray Sugar Pod Snap Pea

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60 to 70 days — 'Dwarf Gray Sugar Pod' pea plants are compact, somewhat bushy, and grow between twelve to twenty-four inches in height. Although they do not typically require staking, some support is beneficial as it keeps the developing pods off of the ground, which makes picking easier. Its beautiful bi-colored flowers develop into nice, sweet pods that stay tender well after the peas start filling out the pods.

Although often thought of as a sugar snap pea, 'Dwarf Gray Sugar Pod' is really a multipurpose pea variety. It can be harvested immature and used as snow peas, left to allow the peas to fill out and used as a snap pea, or even allowed to fully mature, dry on the plants, and harvested to be used as dry soup peas. At this later stage, they will develop strings which are easily removed through the old-time ritual of snapping or stringing. Makes a good addition salads and stir fries.

Snap peas with similar descriptions date as far back as the late 1700s. 'Dwarf Grey Sugar Pod' was commercially introduced by D. M. Ferry & Company sometime prior to their 1881 catalog but after their 1875 edition. In 1881 they state that is it a, "new variety" and continue declaring it to be, "The most desirable of all the edible pod peas." Within a few years, many of the seed companies of the time began listing this variety.

Tip: Here on the farm, orchard pruning time closely coincides with pea planting time. This means there there is always ample material for pea support. We simply poke twigs into the ground along the pea row and they grow up through them. Each ounce is approximately 180 seeds, which is generally enough to plant at least a ten foot row.
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Planting Instructions: Loosen rich well-drained soil in a location that receives six to eight hours of full sunlight per day. Add compost or fertilizer before planting.

Plant seeds directly outdoors in spring or fall when temperatures are cool. Plant 1½ inches deep, one to two seeds every two inches. Keep moist until germination. Thin to one plant every two inches in rows spaced thirty inches apart.

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