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Growing Peas

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Peas in New Zealand - cool/mountain 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

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.
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.
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.
17 Jun 18, Lauren (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
We live in Coffs Harbour NSW, I planted sugar snaps in April in a veggie planter box in new organic soil from the nursery. They got started quickly and looked promising only to now dwindle without progress. They are planted next to rocket which is going very well. What am I doing wrong?
01 Jul 18, bianca (Australia - temperate climate)
your not doing anything wrong..they will pollinate and grow peas in September. they need bees and warmth. just be patient
13 Jun 18, Vishal (Australia - tropical climate)
i live in Darwin, i'm looking for a produce making plant that i can plant in full sun straight into the ground. Darwin sun is harsh and easil >8hrs per day of sunshine in dry season. i'm finding it impossible to get pigeon peas and the nurseries here are rubbish for edible stuffs. anything i can just get from woolies/coles and propagate/grow? sorry if the question is really particular, but i'd hate to just have a garden growing stuff to just stare at and i'm lucky enough to have a great garden. thanks heaps in advance
30 Jun 18, Peter (Ex Darwin) (Australia - temperate climate)
Vishal Darwin "Summer" is the Dry season. Plant once the Knock-em-downs are finished the make the best use of moist soil before the furnace switches on! Only plant tropical plants (Paw-paw etc) at the start of the Wet
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