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 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.
20 Jan 21, Charles (USA - Zone 6b climate)
What time should i plant peas (Gardenate : Try www.gardenate.com/plant/Peas?zone=113)
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.
23 Jun 20, Aubrey (USA - Zone 7b climate)
When is it time to pull out pea plants?
18 Apr 20, Gene (USA - Zone 5b climate)
Best days to plant peas and also best days for potatoes
19 Apr 20, Liz at Gardenate (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Find your zone at the top of the page, then find the plant on the Vegetables and Herbs tab. You will find the information there.
12 Mar 20, Melissa (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I live in Sacramento and it gets HOT. Should I plant my peas on a North or South side of my property to reduce heat stress? I've never been able to get my seedlings to progress very far in the past. TIA
12 Jan 21, (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Check the right time to plant in your climate zone.
23 Jul 20, Kim (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I’ve planted my snap peas in a location where they get shade in the late afternoon and they do great. I’m also in Ca Central Valley.
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I’ve planted my snap peas in a location where they get shade in the late afternoon and they do great. I’m also in Ca Central Valley.

- Kim

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