Back in early May, I visited my mom in Southern CA and sowed a few sugar snap peas in her small side yard. Later that same week, I sowed more of the same peas - yes, I traveled with my seed envelope - here in our garden in Indiana. Fast forward two months, and take a look at the difference between the two pea patches:
and California peas:
Our Indiana peas never really had a chance, what with the wild bunnies first nibbling the seedlings down to sad little nubs, and then getting toasted extra crispy in this heat in the last month or so. I got two whole sugar snap peas out of my 16 plants last week.
The California peas, on the other hand, have been enjoying the unusually cool spring/summer weather for the last two months, and there are no wild bunnies in my mom's densely populated urban neighborhood. I'm told that the pea vines have been growing like mad, already outgrowing the 4-foot trellis and reaching for the sky.
I know now that early May is too late to sow peas here in Indiana. I will definitely start earlier next spring.