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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

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?
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
14 Jun 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Look on the internet for pigeon pea seeds or any other seeds you want. In Darwin you probably have a limited time to grow things - too hot, wet and windy. Set this web page to Tropical climate zone and go through the different vegies you might like to grow. See when is the best time to plant them - probably in the autumn. Do a lot of research and reading.
30 Apr 18, Klasie (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
When is the best time to plant peas in the western cape ,and what caltivar
05 Mar 18, Jan Botha (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Can I plant some green peas now in March? I'm in Pretoria
25 Apr 18, hennie (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
peas are a cool summer crop , and can be grown in autum , they are cold hardy , but not frost resistant , they generaly do well straight through the year.
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
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