I usually miss picking a few pea pods when they're fresh. They get lost in the glorious green tangle, and I don't find them until the seeds are getting a bit tough. So I let them go. They mature and dry out. When I pull up the plants, I pick the crisp pods and save the seeds for next year.
It looks like I missed more than a few pods this summer. I'll have plenty to plant next spring. Since I bought the previous seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, I know the new ones will grow true.
In fact, I think I'll plant a few right now, since they're already sprouting. I've never tried a fall crop before. Here's to a new garden adventure!