Early Pea Seeds

Useful gardening information

Pea is a frost-hardy, cool-season vegetable that can be grown throughout most of the United States, wherever a cool season of sufficient duration exists. For gardening purposes, peas may be classified as garden peas (English peas), snap peas and snow peas (sugar peas). Garden pea varieties have smooth or wrinkled seeds. The smooth-seeded varieties tend to have more starch than the wrinkled-seeded varieties.
The wrinkled-seeded varieties are generally sweeter and usually preferred for home use. The smooth-seeded types are used more often to produce ripe seeds that are used like dry beans and to make split-pea soup. Snap peas have been developed from garden peas to have low-fiber pods that can be snapped and eaten along with the immature peas inside. Snow peas are meant to be harvested as flat, tender pods before the peas inside develop at all. The Southern pea (cowpea) is an entirely different warm-season vegetable that is planted and grown in the same manner as beans.

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TST029 Tall Telephone Climbing Pea
An old heirloom variety with delicious early peas dating back to 1890. A main crop garden pea. It does require support as it will climb to about six feet in height. The pods are large (up to four inches), maturing five to nine peas each. Very productive and good for fresh eating or freezing. 75 days.
  18g pack ( about 75 seeds ) $2.95
TST125 Green Arrow
Gourmet peas! A wonderful heirloom pea that produces in 65 days. Heavy yielding 24-30 inch tall plants produce plump, 4-5 inch long pods containing 8-11 wonderfully sweet petite emerald green peas. Pods develop in pairs and set at the top of the plant which makes picking easy!
Excellent for canning and freezing, commercial production, fresh markets and home gardens. Resists Wilt and Mildew.
  18g pack ( about 100 seeds ) $2.25
TST048 Karina Pea
Karina is a fine semi-bush type (18-24" tall), but will produce heavily over a longer period than most bush peas. Also shows better heat tolerance. Great fresh or frozen, nicely sweet. 60 days.
  10g pack ( about 100 seeds ) $2.95
TST099 Mr Big Pea
If there is a better English Pea anywhere than Mr. Big, we have yet to hear of it! This AAS winner is simply tops, with larger-than-life flavor, size, and yields! It's easy to grow and superbly disease resistant. What more can a pea offer?
These plump, easy-to-shell pods reach 4 to 4-1/2 inches long, crammed with fat peas (about 8 per pod) boasting a rich, sugary flavor. They arise early on indeterminate plants that show great resistance to Fusarium Wilt Race 1 and Powdery Mildew. And the pods stay colorful and firm on the plant, even if it takes you a bit longer than usual to harvest them!
Mr. Big is not fussy about growing conditions, but you will have to stake it. With yields like this, it needs some support! Remember to chop up and plow under the whole plant after harvest. Mr. Big is a legume, and will build your garden soil by fixing nitrogen. Always "re-plant" all your beans and peas, and you will have top-quality garden soil for next year and beyond! 60 days.
Available only in Treated Seed.
  20g pack ( about 65-70 seeds ) $2.95
TST029 Tall Telephone Climbing Pea
An old heirloom variety with delicious early peas dating back to 1890. A main crop garden pea. It does require support as it will climb to about six feet in height. The pods are large (up to four inches), maturing five to nine peas each. Very productive and good for fresh eating or freezing. 75 days.
  18g pack ( about 75 seeds ) $2.95
TST087 Champion of England
An old strain collected by Robert Woodbridge's grandfather in the 1940's from a manor garden in Lincolnshire, England. Robert's grandmother preserved this variety for years and then Robert passed some on to the Real Seed Catalogue in the UK.
Tall growing vines produce many large pods filled with delicious sweet peas. Vines grow to 10 feet tall if trellised. Each pod has 8-10 seeds. A delicious shelling pea. 72 days.
  18g pack ( about 60 seeds ) $2.95
TST088 British Wonder
Introduced in England around 1890 and to American in 1904, this dwarf shelling pea with large pods grows on vines reaching 3 feet tall. It requires trellising. 55 days.
  18g pack ( about 90-100 seeds ) $2.95
TST089 Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb is absolutely the best pea variety for container planting! Reaching only 8 to 9 inches in height, it's grown mainly as a shelling type, but the pods are also sweet, tender and delicious when harvested very young.
This variety excels when tucked into small spaces around the garden, and for cold frame production very early or very late in the season. This unusual heirloom originated in England, was first introduced in the US by Landreth Seeds, Philadelphia, in 1854.
Even more frost tolerant than most other pea varieties, and, naturally, it requires no staking! 55 days.
  20g pack ( about 70 seeds ) $2.95
VUD029 Early Frosty
64days. Frosty produces a prolific yield of tightly packed 3.5" pods with medium-size peas. A distinct improvement over Little Marvel because of uniformity and higher number of peas per pod. It has a greater number of pods per plant as well. Plants are about 28" tall and have many double pods resulting in almost twice the yield of Little Marvel. Uniform dark green shelled peas are tender and sweet, both for fresh and frozen uses. The best early peas for home garden planting.
  $2.15 per 40g pack ( enough to plant about 15 ft. of row )
TST028 Golden Sweet
New! Yellow-podded snow pea. Attractive yellow pods have best flavor when 3-3 1/2". Larger pods will become slightly bitter and develop a small string. Big, 5-6', vines need to be trellised. Long harvest window. Attractive purple flowers. 61 days.
  $2.95 per 9g pack ( about 50 seeds )
Little Marvel
62 days. A heavy yielder. Vines about 15 inches tall, sturdy, dark green with heavy foliage. Seed medium green, about 1800 per pound.
The peas are dark green, round, tender, sweet and fine flavor. Unsurpassed by any others in its class. Good for freezing and canning.

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1A003 Giant Snow Peas
A very sweet Snow Pea for stir-frying that produces giant 4½ x 1" flat pods. Allow pods to fill out for delicious early peas.
 18g Package ( about 100 seeds ) $2.50
TST097 Sugar Star
Excellent open-pollinated pea and the latest in a long line of wonderful peas from the original Sugar Daddy line. Excellent market production, and tolerant of Pea Leaf Roll Virus and Powdery Mildew.
The upright plant is 24 to 30 inches tall and simply crammed with plump, delectable pods.
Available only in Treated Seed.
  $2.95 per 10g pack ( about 45 seeds )
TST098 Sugar Daddy
If you're looking for a genuinely stringless snap pea, Sugar Daddy is the one. The uniform, 24 inch plants are self-supporting and produce tender, sweet, 3 inch pods that are delicious in salads, stir-fries, or just straight off the vine.
A cross between the snow pea and the green pea, Sugar Daddy is a pea with a bushy growth habit and sweet, edible pods. Sugar Daddy is a stringless pea, and preparation requires only removal of the end of the pea, or calyx. 65 days.
Available only in Treated Seed.
  $2.95 per 11g pack ( about 65 seeds )