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

Your comments and tips

31 Aug 08, neil lake (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
any particular ph values or soil types need to grow good crop.
30 Jan 09, Garry (Australia - temperate climate)
i would like to try growing some peas how best to go about it?
01 Apr 09, David (Australia - temperate climate)
Garry: dig over a trench about a spade wide & deep. mix in some compost (if you have any) add some potash (or wood ash), make a groove about 50 mm deep and 100mm wide. sprinkle peas in the groove and cover, tamp down gently. water well. Keep moist not wet. Now is about the time to get the first crop in (depending on the variety 50 seeds feeds a family of 4, twice a week) put the next crop in, in about 3-4 weeks. My first crop is swimming at the moment :(
20 Apr 09, David (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi green thumbs, I am on the look out for "Show Perfection" peas. Any clues anyone?
12 May 09, Tony Richards (Australia - tropical climate)
Whats the best time to plant peas in the tropics eg. Broome W.A.
13 May 09, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Tony, we left peas off the tropical calendar because the climate is usually too hot for them. Have you tried asparagus peas? They can cope with warmer weather. You use the pod whole like sugar peas.
31 May 12, Leanne (Australia - temperate climate)
Im in Adelaide, and have planted some garden pea sprouts into a newly constructed raised garden bed. The soil is top quality, they are in an optimum position for sun all day, and the weather has been very forgiving with good sun and light rains, yet my pea sprouts are dying. I am not overwatering and the soil was brand new when i planted them, i also gave a light sprinkling of seasol about 3 weeks after planting to try to revive them, but they are just turning yellow and dying. What can i do? Im quite new to gardening.
16 May 09, steve (Australia - temperate climate)
peas turning white what to do also leaves on cabbage getting eaten any ideas
20 May 09, David (Australia - temperate climate)
Steve: turning white? leaves? this is a mold/fungus. Too much moisture, not enough sun, plants too close together are the usual cause. Sometimes spaying with milk slows down the spread. Cabbage leaves- check for caterpillars, cabbage white butterfly is really bad this year in Sydney. Pick the leaves clean then set up netting.
02 Jun 09, Barb (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The white is powdery mildew - they seem very susceptible even when spaced out. I've found Eco-Rose is a good organic spray that works much better than milk, and it doesn't affect the beneficial insects. If you local garden shop doesn't have it you can buy it online from Eco Organic Garden
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