All About Growing Peas

Under the right temperature and soil conditions, growing peas is a snap (even if you're growing snow, shell, or soup peas.)


| February/March 2009



growing peas - Pea illustration

Peas come in compact and long-vined varieties, and have even more variation in their pod and seed characteristics. When growing peas, chose those that match your soil conditions and complement your other cultivars.


ILLUSTRATION: KEITH WARD

(For details on growing many other vegetables and fruits, visit our Crop at a Glance collection page.)

It's early spring, you're putting in a garden, and you've already decided you'll be growing peas. To help you achieve a successful harvest, here are a few recommendations and tips.

Types of Peas to Try

Vine length varies from one variety to another, and long-vined peas need a taller trellis than compact varieties. Both compact and long-vined varieties are available in the following four types, which vary in pod and seed characteristics. See the Crop at a Glance chart for more information.

Snap peas are eaten whole, and both the crunchy pod and the peas inside taste sweet. Snap peas yield more food per square foot than the other types.

Snow peas produce tender, flat pods that are eaten whole. Snow peas also produce the most tender vine tips for adding to salads or stir-fries.

Shell peas are often called English peas, because many fine varieties were developed in Great Britain in the 18th century. Sweet green peas are shelled from tough, inedible pods.

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gardenforb
4/21/2015 11:23:36 AM

How do you prefer to shell your peas? A few at a time by hand isn't too bad on the thumbs, but if you have a basketful a pea sheller makes it so much easier. I like my hand crank pea sheller that can attach right to my counter top. I got mine from here. http://peasheller.net/Item/mr-pea-sheller






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