Spring Planting, Little Marvel Peas (Pisum sativum)

Little Marvel peas are an heirloom pea dating back to 1908 and I planted about 30 of them with my Gold Ball Turnips.

I allowed about 6 inches between them to give room for the turnips, and these mature about 20 days after the turnips. I have grown Little Marvel peas for years and they only got about 18 inches tall here, but produced peas just the same.  I grew these peas in Texas with greater production, but as I save seed, they will adapt.

Little Marvel is a common and well liked pea which can be eaten fresh, canned or frozen.  My seed stash for them is from 2011, so it is time to save seed again.  I will plant more in a different location and be sure I let a few mature for seed saving again.  Given my enjoyment of fresh peas and their sweetness, it is hard for me to not eat every one!  Still, it must be done.  Obviously, 2011 was the last time I had more than enough peas in my garden!

My beds are new and I need to be sure I have enough nitrogen for my plants and the underlying compost.  Smaller pea plants like Little Marvel are easy for interplanting, enriching the soil, and adding another food to the plate.  Although green, they are a nutritious starch to help with bulk calories.

If I get enough planted, I will freeze the balance for winter use, after regenerating my seed supply, of course.  If you are new to seed saving, peas and bean are the easiest of all to save.

For serious pea production, I suggest vines and trellises.  For interplanting in a small garden, Little Marvel is a good heirloom variety that will do the job.


About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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