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

09 Jul 20, Mick (Australia - temperate climate)
I have peas by the dozens they are around 6 foot tall and producing well, what is the best way to keep the seed. Can I plant them green straight out of the pod or do they need to dry out. I have planted some green last week but a bit cold yet for them to sprout
12 Jul 20, lynette (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I leave my pods on the vine until they are throughly dried out. If you dont want to plant them now, they will keep until next planting season. I keep mine in a paper bag, still in their pods
10 Jul 20, Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
When the crop has nearly finished you need to let the pods dry out, go brown. Dry them out for another two weeks and then put in a bag and then store in an air tight jar in the fridge for next year. Fresh peas will probably go rotten in the soil. I don't know how long seeds need to be kept before they germinate. Google it maybe.
23 Jun 20, Aubrey (USA - Zone 7b climate)
When is it time to pull out pea plants?
14 Jun 20, Andre Crous (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
What types of soil do peas like
15 Jun 20, Anonymous (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Soils range from very sandy to heavy clay, in the middle is loam. A good loamy soil with plenty of compost added to it will grow just about all vegetables. As long as you have a sufficient supply of nutrient and water you can grow things in anything, water, sand, pebble, soil, straw etc.
17 May 20, Chris Chitumwa (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Thanks for the info. I was looking for the best time to grow peas in my small garden. The article was very helpful.
19 May 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hoped you looked up your climate zone in S A for the info. Planting is a couple of months later than sub- tropical Australia. We receive most of our rain in the summer also.
08 May 20, Heather (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi. Newbie here both to this site and to veggie growing in general. Thrilled to find your site. I have two questions about Mammoth 'Snow Peas' which I planted in late April (doing well). First, how long might these plants bear in my sub-tropical region and should I continue sowing more peas into autumn? And, second, I've seen advice to pick the young shoots on pea plants (edible, I'm told) to encourage them to become more 'bushy'; does this apply only to 'bush' type peas or to climbing varieties also? Thank you in anticipation.
11 May 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I grew Mammoth and they grew very tall before flowering. I recommend Oregon giant. They will bear over a few weeks, 3 maybe 4. Do plantings about 1 month apart. I don't pinch the top out, not necessary. Make a trellis for them about 1.2-1.5m high. A bit of chicken wire.
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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). :)

- Jane

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