I have loved eating raw peas out of the pod from childhood when I used to hide in the middle of my father's pea patch feasting on the peas straight out of the pod. I bet I left a bundle of discarded pods in my wake!
As I am so impatient for peas (and many other crops) I keep a gardening diary. I've been keeping a gardening diary for 3 years now and I really need them! They help manage my expectations. In my diary I record date of sowing, date of germination, date of first flower, date of first fruit and I also record quantity of yields per edible. This year I have started to record the temperature and whether sunny/rainy. It can all have an impact on the growing season.
In my impatience to see pea flowers yesterday I hit my 2010 diary - pea flowers first sighted on 22nd May... that's just over a week away. Not long now and I'll be devouring my own pea patch. I will try and not eat all the pods of the Heritage Seed Library variety or I will be letting them down!
The varieties I am growing this year: Duchy Originals - Ambassador F1, Heritage Seed Library - Purple Pod http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/hsl/, Real Seed Early Dwarf Pea Hatif d'Annonay http://www.realseeds.co.uk/peas.html, Mic's Peas (Mic Linz my neighbour's saved seed). All seeds sown 25.03.11