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Growing Peas

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
            P P P P    

(Best months for growing Peas in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • 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 in same bed): 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

13 May 09, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Tony, we left peas off the tropical calendar because the climate is usually too hot for them. Have you tried asparagus peas? They can cope with warmer weather. You use the pod whole like sugar peas.
31 May 12, Leanne (Australia - temperate climate)
Im in Adelaide, and have planted some garden pea sprouts into a newly constructed raised garden bed. The soil is top quality, they are in an optimum position for sun all day, and the weather has been very forgiving with good sun and light rains, yet my pea sprouts are dying. I am not overwatering and the soil was brand new when i planted them, i also gave a light sprinkling of seasol about 3 weeks after planting to try to revive them, but they are just turning yellow and dying. What can i do? Im quite new to gardening.
02 Jul 08, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Wayne, the critical factor about frost is whether the ground is frozen. If not, you can plant and use frost cloth or even newspaper to keep your plants warm at night. Sunshine will damage the plant cells if they heat too quickly from frosting.

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