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Growing Peas: How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Green Peas
Green peas are the absolute bomb! Why might you ask?
Well, because when you can plant green peas, that usually means that growing season is beginning. You’ll be planting the rest of your garden shortly between direct sowing or starting seeds for it.
Also, it means that you will have fresh homegrown vegetables in your kitchen again in only a short time.
But how do you grow peas, and what can you do with them once you have grown them? I’m going to explain everything you need to know about growing peas.
Let’s get moving—
Peas Plant Info
- Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
- Soil: Loam, PH between 5.5 to 7.0, well-drained, rich in humus
- Sun Exposure: Full sun, part sun
- Planting: Plant directly outdoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost date, when soil temperatures reach 45 degrees fahrenheit
- Spacing: 2 to 4 inches between plants and 18 to 48 inches between rows
- Depth: 1 inch seed depth
- Best Companions: Beans, carrots, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, pepper, radish, spinach, tomato, turnip
- Worst Companions: Onion, garlic, leek, potato, shallot
- Watering: Water sparsely during plant growth period, heavily after blooms form
- Fertilizing: Side dress with compost or low nitrogen fertilizer when vines are 6 inches tall
- Common Problems: Aphanomyces root rot, ascochyta disease, brown spot, downy mildew, fusarium root rot, gray mold, powdery mildew, rhizoctonia seedling blight, septoria blotch, bacterial blight, streak, enation mosaic, aphids, leafminers, Mexican bean beetle, thrips, root knot nematode, spider mites
- Harvest: When the pods are plump, bright green, and round, 60 to 70 days after planting
Green Peas Varieties
There are only three popular varieties of green peas for your garden. They are:
1. Sweet Peas