About Lincoln Shell Pea: The Lincoln Pea originated in England, the home of many superior shelling peas. This variety was first offered in the States by J.M. Thorburn in 1908, and quickly became the most superior in taste and quality. Lincoln Shell still stands at the top of the list for sweetness in shelling peas.
Lincoln Shell Pea Germination: Because peas thrive in cool weather and do not transplant well, they should be planted outside 4-6 weeks before the last frost or when the average soil temperature reaches at least 40 degrees F. If planting later, remember that most peas won't tolerate weather above 75 degrees F. If planting peas in your soil for the first time, keep in mind that a powder inoculant of beneficial bacteria should coat the seeds. Plant the peas 2" apart and 2" deep in light soil and full sun. For an early spring crop, plant in the same manner in the fall. Peas do not do well when planted near onions or garlic.
Growing Lincoln Shell Pea Seeds: Before they bloom, pea plants need to be kept moist but not wet; after blooming, slightly increase the watering. Remove weeds carefully to avoid disturbing the plants; mulch may be helpful to conserve moisture and control weeds. Lincoln Shell pea produces compact vines, and can tolerate some heat.
Harvesting Lincoln Shell Pea: Shelling peas generally taste best when harvested as soon as the pods have filled out, but before they reach their full size. Remove even the pods that have passed their prime, since old pods left on the vines will stop the production of new pods. Lincoln peas should be quite easy to shell.
Saving Lincoln Shell Pea Seeds: To save seed from garden peas, let the pods mature fully on the vine; they will turn brown, and the peas should rattle inside when they have dried completely. Pick them individually, or pull the entire plant and hang it upside down in a warm, dry location to finish drying. Shell the peas after 1-2 weeks of drying. Store the seed in a cool, dry place for up to three years.
Detailed Lincoln Shell Pea Info: Pisum sativum. Annual. 70 days. 90 seeds per oz. 24-36" height. 2-4" spacing. Produces 3-5" shelling pods.