Growing Peas

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

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
06 Aug 21, (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Shade cloth is for cooling down - plastic is for heating up.
03 Jun 21, Sally (Australia - temperate climate)
I am having a lot of trouble with growing peas. I have corrugated raised garden beds filled with bags of garden soil (like Hortico Garden Soil) from Bunnings. The plants grow very well and give quite a few peas but then they start to go brown starting at the bottom of the plant and it travells up the stalk and leaves until they are all brown and dying. Any ideas?
Showing 1 - 10 of 181 comments

Farmer's Almanac was probably talking about Southern peas (cowpeas-crowder, blackeye). They will ONLY germinate when it is warm.

- James

Please provide your email address if you are hoping for a reply


All comments are reviewed before displaying on the site, so your posting will not appear immediately

Gardenate App

Put Gardenate in your pocket. Get our app for iPhone, iPad or Android to add your own plants and record your plantings and harvests

Planting Reminders

Join our 60,000+ gardeners who already use Gardenate and subscribe to the free Gardenate planting reminders email newsletter.


Home | Vegetables and herbs to plant | Climate zones | About Gardenate | Contact us | Privacy Policy

This planting guide is a general reference intended for home gardeners. We recommend that you take into account your local conditions in making planting decisions. Gardenate is not a farming or commercial advisory service. For specific advice, please contact your local plant suppliers, gardening groups, or agricultural department. The information on this site is presented in good faith, but we take no responsibility as to the accuracy of the information provided.
We cannot help if you are overrun by giant slugs.