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Growing Peas

(Pisum sativum)

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

P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.


  • 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 in same bed): 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.


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17 Feb 14, sandra mccormick (USA - Zone 7b climate)
can these green peas be planted (seeds) in maybe 6" deep maybe foot and 1/2 long pots outside?
01 Mar 14, GJX (USA - Zone 6a climate)
Yes it is possible, but you will need to water regular, and you will need to build a trellis. Also you will need liquid fertilizer, or I should say you should, if you want nice peas.
05 Feb 12, PAUL (USA - Zone 5a climate)
Can snap peas be started in fiber pots indooors now FEB., then moved outdoors in March?

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