If you’re like most gardeners, your first starter veg was peas. That’s probably because growing peas is a great way for first-time gardeners to get their hands dirty and still produce some actual crop. Plus, peas grow quickly, so they’re fantastic choices for impatient gardeners (like myself)!
Whether this is your first time or you’re an old hand, here’s just about everything you need to need to know about growing peas.
Growing Snap Peas, Sugar Peas & Snow Peas
|When to sow indoors||Not recommended|
|When to sow outdoors||As soon as soil is workable, or mid-to-late summer for fall crop|
|Germination soil temperature||40° – 75°F (higher temperatures for shorter germination times)|
|Germination length||9 – 36 days (14 around 60°F)|
|When to transplant||Not recommended|
|Varieties||Sugar Snap (snap; award winner)
Super Snappy (snow; tolerant to powdery mildew)
Canoe (shelling; tons of peas per pod)
|pH range||6.0 – 7.0|
|Soil temperature for growing||60° – 65°F|
|Spacing||1 – 3" (1" for staggered patterns)|
|Watering||Heavy during critical watering periods, then moderate.|
|Light||Full sun to partial shade|
|Nutrient requirements||N = low
P = low
K = low
|Fertilizer schedule||Usually not necessary|
|When to harvest||Snow: Before pods over develop
Sugar: When pods and peas
Looking for more information and inspiration?
Check out these tips for growing peas.
Image thanks to marta!