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Thomas Laxton Pea

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Thomas Laxton (65 days)

This pea carries Thomas Laxton's name, but was breed by his sons William and Edward Laxton Brother's and named in honor of Thomas' contribution to horticulture and plant breeding. Thomas Laxton died in 1893 and the pea first appeared in 1898. 

Any pea that was introduced over 100 years ago and is still widely grown should tell you volumes.  Reliable, consistent, and sweet are just some of the words used to describe this pea.

Tasty bright green peas, excellent quality, and high in sugar content.  Pods grow to about 3-4 1/2 inches, containing six to eight peas each. 

Vigorous 3 foot vines are perfect for fences or arbors.  A performer in cool coastal conditions and it is wilt resistant.

This was the hands down favorite for sweetness at employee trials here on the farm.

TIP  Instead of building a trellis this year for your peas which cost money and uses valuable resources, try planting Cayuse oats instead as a trellis.  This will not only produce oats and build biomass in your garden, but it will give your peas something to climb on.  Cayuse grows 6' tall and will make an excellent living trellis.  Almost like the Indians using corn as a trellis for beans!

1822-1920 Bricks High Grade Seeds says about Thomas Laxton Pea...
"This reliable pea is similar in type to Gradus, but has darker foliage and square-ended pods. Although a wrinkled sort of excellent quality, it may be planted about as early as smooth varieties."

1918 The Great Northern Seed Co. says about Thomas Laxton Pea...
"A comparatively new variety of large-podded pea. The quality is delicious and cannot be surpassed; matures nearly as early as any of the extra early smooth peas, and being a wrinkled sort is much sweeter."

1929     Steele Briggs Seed house says about Thomas Laxton Pea...
"Vine 3 to 3 1/2 feet high, dark in color, hardy and very productive. Pods large, long, with square ends. The green Peas are very large, fine colored and unsurpassed in quality."

1934 Mill's Annual Seed Book says about Thomas Laxton Pea...
"Fine wrinkled early Pea 4 inches long with 6 to 8 large peas and only a few days later than the extra early smooth Peas. The vines grow 2-1/2 feet high. Ready for use in 55 to 60 days."

Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region .   TX

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1" 80-110 45-75 6-24 6" 6" 20 lb. Full

Planting Tips for Heirloom Peas:

Heirloom peas like it cool, so you can plant them 3-4 weeks before your last frost date but be sure the soil is well drained and raised in beds or rows.  Germination in these heirloom peas is as low as 45 degrees and it is often said that a cooler pea will be sweeter.  Using soil inoculation will increase yields by boosting the available nitrogen in the soil.

For the highest yields of these delicous garden peas, make sure they have thin wire or string to climb.  This will give them more room to grow, thus collecting more sunshine and creating better yields.  Remember to continually pick the ripe pods as to encourage a longer harvest.

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.


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