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Growing Peas

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Peas in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 75°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 2 - 3 inches apart
  • Harvest in 9-11 weeks. Pick the pods every day to increase production.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Potatoes
  • Young pea plant
    Young pea plant

Peas are best grown in cooler seasons. Peas need some support when growing, tree prunings with lots of small twigs are a cheap and handy source. Or else strings between posts or wire netting. the peas need tying in the early stages, until they start producing tendrils and clinging to the support.

Some pea varieties are called 'dwarf' but to make harvesting easier it is a good idea to support the plants.

Pick pea pods while young and pick them often to keep them producing.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Peas

Raw straight from the pod in the garden is best!
Raw in salads.
Steamed lightly.
Small pods can be steamed whole.

Your comments and tips

01 May 17, Nick (Australia - temperate climate)
Can I save my New Guinea bean seeds if my bean is still green. As it has fallen of the vine because it was over 6kg and 2foot 4 long ,must have been a tad heavy for the vine. Ta for pea info jo
28 Apr 17, Jo (Australia - temperate climate)
Plant purple-podded peas the same as you would other peas; between autumn and early spring as they are a cool season crop
27 Apr 17, Nick (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in ararat victoria which i believe is temp climate we can get good frosts in the winter so when should i plant my purple podded peas
21 Jan 17, zelalem (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Please I need to know the supply erstwhile of Pea Seeds in South Africa esp in North west.
26 Jan 17, Wilma (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Buy your seeds online from I bought some seedlings in December and tehy delivered within 48 hours.
03 Jun 16, tina (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it true that the moon has an affect on the the planting of peas.
04 Feb 16, Jan Albert Du Preez (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
When can i plant dry peas in bethlehem?
15 Jun 16, hennie (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
peas are a cold weather crop which in theory means that they can grow in winter an are very cold hardy , i grow them right through the year. if the temperature is moderate you should be able to plant them now. if however you are in a frost prone area i suggest that you add frost protection by adding floating row covers. hope this helps.
12 Nov 15, mat (Australia - temperate climate)
How long will the plant live and when is it best to let go to seed
19 Aug 15, gabriel (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
my plants are nice and tall still no peas
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