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 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

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 Mar 21, Ann (Australia - temperate climate)
Do you class Mt Isa north west Qld as sub tropical it is still late 30s C and through the night I would like to plant peas but not sure if it’s too soon
08 Mar 21, (Australia - arid climate)
You are arid. Peas plant from April.
19 Feb 21, Bob (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in outer Melbourne, and am trying to grow little different kind of peas, Butterfly Peas (Clitoria Tematea), without too much success. Is Melbourne's climate warm enough for Butterfly Pea to grow in open garden? Thank you for your attention and your time.
22 Feb 21, Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
It could be too hot at the moment. Wait until mid March and grow into the cooler Autumn and Winter.
07 Feb 21, Mimi (USA - Zone 7b climate)
How tall do pea vines grow? I am trying to determine how tall my supports need to be. Also, what kind of soil and how much sunshine do they prefer? Thanks!
08 Feb 21, Anonymous (USA - Zone 4a climate)
5-6' tall, good rich friable soil and sun most of the day.
05 Feb 21, Kirsten (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Is February too early to Plant peas?
15 Feb 21, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Check the planting calendar for your climate zone.
20 Jan 21, Charles (USA - Zone 6b climate)
What time should i plant peas (Gardenate : Try
11 Jan 21, James (USA - Zone 7b climate)
Farmer's Almanac was probably talking about Southern peas (cowpeas-crowder, blackeye). They will ONLY germinate when it is warm.
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