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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

08 Jun 19, Jessica Ipina (USA - Zone 9a climate)
I was a little confused. I got a planting reminder from the Old Farmers Almanac that it was time to plant peas June 8th, in zone 9a. Isn't it too hot?
09 Jun 19, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi Jessica, have a look at this page and ignore the O F A advice for peas. https://www.gardenate.com/plant/Peas
24 Apr 19, Jim Cooper (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I have planted scarlet runner beans with great success but the following years I have experienced problems growing them. I understand that they need a nitrogen fixing plant to improve the soil and that spring peas are a good way to do this. Can you recommend a good variety? I believe you need to dig them into the soil just after flowering. Is this correct?
06 May 19, Green thumb (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Beans and peas are nitrogen fixing.
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.
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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)

- Mike

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