to my mind you can't plant too many. We eat them in salads in the pod, in samosas out of the pod and any other way I can get to them. I plant them until it just gets too hot for them to grow well. We're 2 adults and 1 10 yo child until June when my 16 yo comes home from school. 16! Good L-rd! 16! And we thought he wouldn't make it past 11 mos! Sorry, mother just in awe of G-d's plans versus what man thinks.
I would like to know the same thing! It's just me and my husband, but I'd love to be able to give away some to family/friends too. I was thinking of growing about 10 shelling pea plants. Am I asking for a classic case of glut?
I set out (2) 4" plants (of each type) initially and then start from
seed again for successive plants. Once the plants reach about
4" high I start the next seed. I usually get in 3 plantings before
it gets too hot here.
What you can't use you can always freeze. I have 2 refrigerators
and a freezer so lots of room for veggie bags. De-pod and set
spaced on trays, then pop trays in for 30 min for a quick freeze.
Remove & peas, beans, etc go into a baggie & laid flat in freezer.
I've got two sides of a 20' fence planted, about 3" apart. I'm getting enough for a family of four every three days or so. Each plant ( I have mostly snow, my sugar snaps seem to have gotten lost) produces 3-5 (edible size) at a time, right now. Can't remember if they were more productive later on, I think it got too hot by June.
I'll have to go look it up. I know I've got Golden Sweet Snow peas, and Mammoth Melting whatever-it-is and two other snow/sugar snap varieties. I may not even have those names right. It's mostly the Golden Sweet now. I had one kind not germinate well, and I replanted with the goldens, because they'd never done well for me. I really wanted the sugar snaps, but seem to have none. maybe I forgot to plant them?
I'll try again in the fall.
Oh, and it's more like 16', I think.
I have four 24' rows of English peas. Hubby and I are both British, so we grew up eating lots of peas! I picked the first pod this morning. Of course, the peas didn't make it in to the house - the peas went into the tummy, the shell into the compost.