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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

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

07 Oct 18, robert newman (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Why can't i grow snow peas , got healthy green plants but no peas
07 Oct 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Depends on the variety. Some are smaller plants and flower from about 8 weeks
11 Oct 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
They cut half of my comment off. Some peas grow to 4-5' before flowering. After 8-10 weeks you should have flowers. (Mike, I did not cut your comment. It arrived cut off - Liz @gardenate)
12 Oct 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Liz - this happens to me quite a few times - any reason. Do i not give it enough time to up load???? Most of your 'comments' arrive complete, so that is probably the reason - Liz
10 Sep 18, Adam (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi everyone, does anyone know if I can grow black chick peas (Kala Chana) in South Australia? Is it just shown here on this site as Peas? Thanks, Adam.
11 Sep 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Chick peas plant winter early spring. If it becomes hot mulch the soil. Look up on the internet.
18 Aug 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Re: lower stalk and leaves of climbing Alderman peas. The lower leaves are going yellow and look as if they are dying and the very bottom of the stalks on two look dried up compared to a couple of smaller plants that still look a softer fleshy green. Are they dying or thirsty or lacking something or other or is this a normal process for the pea plant? Thanx.
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.
18 Aug 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi. I'm growing peas at the moment. I have never grown them (or much else) before and they are such a beautiful plant. I have about 18 peas at the moment, and don't know when to pick them. Some of them look tempting. So, yes. do have a go at growing them yourself. You would never regret it. I started mine (in or out of season, I don't know) by sowing them in a good quality seed mix in punnets and then planted them out. They are Climbing Alderman peas. Soft, velvety leaves, and the prettiest flowers and lovely fat pods. (But don't touch!!) I put stakes and twine around for them to climb but they are also climbing my vegetable garden fence. I alternated them with climbing blue lake beans (not to be confused with climbing blue ridge tomatoes as I initially did). :)
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