Pea, Tom Thumb

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Short bushy pea plants are perfect for containers on balconies or patios. Filled with tasty little pods, this is a classic for snacking right off the bush.

Pea: Peas are a great addition to the garden not only for their pea pods but also their tender tendrils or their sweet flowers. Along with beans, peas are special in that they can add nutrients to the soil rather than just extract them. Peas host a bacteria that can nitrogen from the air and turn them into a form that plants can use.

Growing Tips: Peas need a trellis in order to grow to their full potential. Plant them relatively close together - 4 inches or so - early in the season. They slow down and often die off as we get into the full summer heat around July. I often plant pole beans or gourds on the same trellis in June to fill in the space as peas finish up.