Growing Peas

Pisum sativum : Fabaceae / the pea or legume family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    P P P              

(Best months for growing Peas in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • P = Sow seed
  • 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 8°C and 24°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 5 - 8 cm apart
  • Harvest in 9-11 weeks. Pick the pods every day to increase production.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Potatoes
  • 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

21 May 22, Marion (Canada - Zone 5b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
I am new to ‘veggie’ gardening and would like to know if the ‘whitish’ markings on many of the pods of the peas I planted last year is normal. I also purchased some ‘snap peas’ I love to eat raw from a grocery store, most of which’s outer shells quickly developed ‘white’ patches while being kept in the refrigerator (?). Is this a common ‘pea’ attribute that I’m unaware of? I’d like to grow them again and don’t want to throw out anything if it’s not gone ‘bad’, or possibly just needs some sort of protective ‘spray’ or ‘killer’ from whatever may be causing these ‘mouldy’? like looking patches. Thank you for any answers…Marion
24 May 22, (Canada - Zone 4b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
I don't think many vegetables keep for long times in the fridge. Need to be eaten in a week or so. The whiteness I have seen but don't what causes it - maybe just water content and starting to break down.
07 Sep 21, Mrs Anne Handley (Australia - temperate climate)
I applied pea straw mulch to prepare my north facing veggie patch (I am a total novice) and pea seedlings emmerged a few weeks after. I have transplanted them into pots for noew as they are tiny. What can I do next and will they bear pods?
08 Sep 21, Anon (Australia - temperate climate)
In the winter the sun crosses in the north of the sky, in summer it is more overhead. Select a place where you want to grow them and plant them out when about 100-124mm high. Keep the soil around the roots best you can when transplanting.
28 Aug 21, sylvia (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, I am having a problem with mould underneath of sugar snap peas and black spot on shell of peas. Is any organic product I can use? Thank you.
01 Sep 21, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Is it mold or powdery mildew. Look up a spray for powdery mildew if it is that.
08 Aug 21, Nikki (Australia - temperate climate)
Can I put sugar snap peas In now or better in autum
09 Aug 21, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You can put them in now if you want to - asap. Probably no later planting than end of August - I'm sub-tropical and I can grow snow peas this time of the year.
09 Aug 21, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
sugar snaps prefer cooler weather. www.gardenate.com/plant/Snow Peas?zone=2
26 Jul 21, Vusi Shazi (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Hi. If you in a frost area what is better between shade net cover or plastic cover
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Farmer's Almanac was probably talking about Southern peas (cowpeas-crowder, blackeye). They will ONLY germinate when it is warm.

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