I have come a long way.
The first year I had a garden, the only thing I wanted to grow were peas. I bought seeds that said "sweet peas". Those sound good! You can imagine my disappointment when a month later I had pretty flowers, and no green peas.
Peas are so easy to grow and are great for in-garden-munching.
How to grow:
- Peas are an early season crop and prefer cooler temperatures, they can tolerate down to 40 degrees F. Bean varieties are more of a warm weather crop.
- Plant peas 1-2 inches a part. They can handle crowding.
- Give your peas something to climb on such as a trellis or string, lined between two stakes.
- Peas can withstand partial shade however, the more sun you can provide them, the sweeter they will be.
How to maintain:
- Harvest your peas often to encourage growth of new peas.
- If pods are not developing or your plant has a yellowish tint, you may need to add a side-dressing of fertilizer. See this post for info on fertilizing.
- Aphids love peas, see this post for removing aphids.
- You can harvest peas at any time. The smaller they are, the sweeter they will be.
- When the pod lightens in color, the pod is over ripe and the peas become bitter.
Ever wondered what kind of peas you should grow?
- Do you like eating the whole pod? Look for snap peas.
- Do you like to just eat the seeds/peas? Try English or garden peas.
- Do you want to stir-fry your peas? Grow snow peas.
If you didn't get your peas started this year, it's not too late to plan for a fall crop. Once temperatures are below 75 degrees in the late summer, you can directly sow your pea seeds!Pin It