Peas Growing Guide

Peas, also known as Snow pea, snap pea, shell pea

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 

Soil

Fertile, well drained soil.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

No.

Feeding

Not usually required if the plants are mulched deeply with grass clippings, shredded leaves, or another biodegradable material.

Companions

Carrot, radish, corn, beans.

Spacing

Single Plants: 3" (10cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 3" (10cm) with 7" (20cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Soak seeds in water overnight before sowing 2 inches deep and 2 inches apart. Thin plants to proper spacing after the seeds germinate.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Support plants with a trellis, which can be made from string, netting, or twiggy sticks pushed into the ground near each plant.

Harvesting

Pick snow peas when the delicate pods begin to show immature seeds inside. Gather snap peas when the pods become plump yet are still glossy and filled with sweet-tasting peas. Pick shell peas before the pods become waxy.

Troubleshooting

Mature plants usually stop producing and die back in hot summer weather.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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