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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
    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

18 Aug 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Re: lower stalk and leaves of climbing Alderman peas. The lower leaves are going yellow and look as if they are dying and the very bottom of the stalks on two look dried up compared to a couple of smaller plants that still look a softer fleshy green. Are they dying or thirsty or lacking something or other or is this a normal process for the pea plant? Thanx.
11 Aug 18, Judith peters (Australia - temperate climate)
Can anyone tell me where i can buy fresh peas in pods to cook, can't find them these days
12 Aug 18, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Ask at your green grocers or supermarkets. If not much demand for them then they won't supply them. Grow them your self - easy to grow.
18 Aug 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi. I'm growing peas at the moment. I have never grown them (or much else) before and they are such a beautiful plant. I have about 18 peas at the moment, and don't know when to pick them. Some of them look tempting. So, yes. do have a go at growing them yourself. You would never regret it. I started mine (in or out of season, I don't know) by sowing them in a good quality seed mix in punnets and then planted them out. They are Climbing Alderman peas. Soft, velvety leaves, and the prettiest flowers and lovely fat pods. (But don't touch!!) I put stakes and twine around for them to climb but they are also climbing my vegetable garden fence. I alternated them with climbing blue lake beans (not to be confused with climbing blue ridge tomatoes as I initially did). :)
12 Aug 18, Sandeep (Australia - arid climate)
Big Watermelon Bushy Park Wantirna South VIC
27 Jul 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hello. Something, I don't know what, has taken most of the tiny new shoots off one or two of my newly sown climbing Alderman pea. Please advise if possible. I don't want to put pyrethrum or anything on such a new little plant.J.
30 Jul 18, Mike L (Australia - temperate climate)
If they eat the eye/heart out of the new seedlings then the plant won't grow much. Try and protect them with shade cloth or mossy netting etc until thy grow bigger.
18 Aug 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Mike L. How do I know when peas are ready to pick (and similarly climbing/beans)? Thanx. J.
18 Aug 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Mike L thanx for that. I don't know what mossy netting is but will 'google' it and get some. Appreciated. J
03 Jul 18, Rosemary Jorgensen (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Can you protect peas from wilt. I have now grown peas in all parts of the garden, so can't plant in a new area. I never used to have this problem. I particularly want to grow snow peas or sugar snap peas. The soil is sandy. I live in Golden Bay near the sea.
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I've got heaps of seedlings in the ground. I put them all in the last 4 weeks, for May, and nothing is growing....not sure why? Anyone else had this problem? I have never had this prob before. This is a first. I think it's the bizarre weather we are having.

- kathy

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