Fearing Burr, in Field and Garden Vegetables of America (1863), wrote that the Champion of England Pea originated in England by William Fairbeard in 1843; and observed: "It is one of the most valuable acquisitions which have been obtained for many years, being remarkably tender and sugary, and in all respects, of first rate excellence".
This English, or shelling, pea produces heavy crops, with 8-10 peas per pod, and prefers cool, moist conditions. Direct sow the seeds in fertile garden loam 4-8 weeks before the last spring frost. Monticello gardeners support the twining vines with tall branches, or "pea sticks". Approximately 15-20 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Plant Spacing||Days to Maturity||Size at Maturity|
|Full Sun||Direct Sow||1"||2-3"; rows 24" apart||60-75||5-10'H|