Under the right temperature and soil conditions, growing peas is a snap (even if you're growing snow, shell, or soup peas.)
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.
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An excellent source of iron, fiber and vitamin C, peas are a great addition to many meals. Toss them into your favorite stir-fry, simmer them into a soup, or just eat them raw.