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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 = 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

05 Mar 18, Jan Botha (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Can I plant some green peas now in March? I'm in Pretoria
23 Feb 18, Frank save (Australia - temperate climate)
hi I like to point out that temperate does not cover Sydney near airport, it should be called warm temperate, it makes a big difference, quoting suburbs also gives people an idea what will grow where,thank you
02 Apr 18, matt (Australia - temperate climate)
You're kidding right Frank? Near Sydney airport is neither sub-tropical, nor cool/mountain. Temperate covers a lot of the Sydney basin just fine, and the rest comes down to your aspect and nuances of where you live.
26 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have one website saying sub-tropical is all the way down to Sydney and another saying it stops just over the northern NSW border. Websites are only a guide.
08 Feb 18, Robbie (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Where can I buy the bulk dried peas pod in Melbourne area? Any body can help? Thank you for ur help Best regards. Robbie
09 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
A very open question. Do you want the pod or the seeds. If the pods - good luck with that. If seeds -- dried seeds for what - eat or plant. Bulk - 250 g 400g or 10 kilo. A company in Tasmania called southern harvest on the internet sells in lots up to 400gms. 400gms costs from $8 to $17 depending on which pea seed. You could contact them to see if they sell 1 kg or whatever yo are after. Otherwise jump on the internet and start searching for Melbourne suppliers if it has to be Melbourne.
28 Nov 17, Cath (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Can you grow peas from fresh bought pods?
02 Jul 17, Harry (Australia - temperate climate)
How long do peas live for
07 Jul 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Peas are an annual plant and will get straggly and unproductive later in the season.
12 Jun 17, Maurice (Australia - temperate climate)
Hello, Do you have any helpful tips for vegetable seed saving and propogation ? Thank you.
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