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Tom Thumb Pea Art Pack

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  • Art by Giselle Potter
  • Tom Thumb Peas fit perfectly in a pot.
  • Peas forming on the petite vines.

Tom Thumb Pea

Pisum sativum

Certified Organic Seed

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Grimm's fairy tales celebrate many tiny but clever characters, including Tom Thumb. At the end of his first journey away from home, €”surrounded by tricksters, thieves, and a wolf, €”Tom Thumb exclaimed, "I have traveled all over the world . . . since we parted; and now I am very glad to come home and get fresh air again." Peas, too, have traveled the world, and this Tom Thumb is happy to continue moving. Bred for container culture, this shelling pea will happily travel all over your yard or patio to follow the sun, avoid Grimm-like perils, and be by your pea-loving side just as Tom was to his full-sized folks.

Quick Facts

Number of Seeds 75 seeds
Spacing in Row 2 inches
Spacing Between Rows 8 inches
Planting Depth 1 inch
Days to Germination 5-10 days
Days to Maturity 55 days
Height at Maturity 12 inches
Width at Maturity 2 inches

How to Grow

Sow in medium to large outdoor container as soon as the soil can be worked at indicated spacing. Peas require fertile soil and plenty of water. Keep soil moist but not wet. Dwarf peas do not require staking, this variety only reaches 12" in height. Harvest when pods are full, and shell. Take care not to let the peas over ripen, they become bitter if left on the vine too long.

About the Artist

Art by Giselle Potter. Giselle Potter is the illustrator of over twenty-five children's books including, The Year I Didn’t Go to School, which she wrote and illustrated about her experiences of traveling with her parent’s puppet troupe in Italy when she was eight. Along with children’s books, she does editorial illustrations for numerous publications and advertisements including a series of animated ads for the British laundry soap, Persil. One of her most recent projects was illustrating a Gertrude Stein book entitled “TO DO: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays” to accompany an exhibit of the Stein art collection. She lives Rosendale with her husband, Kieran and daughters, Pia and Isabel.

Medium: gouache

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