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Peas: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

Peas blog post
You won’t be able to truly appreciate peas until you’ve had fresh Sugar Snap peas from the vine. These peas are extremely prolific and typically give us more than we can handle in a season. Because of the versatility of peas in cooking, everyone should be able to find a way to enjoy this vegetable!

How to Grow:

Peas are a cool season crop that is best planted 4-6 weeks before your last spring frost and 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Peas are planted 1 inch deep, 8 per square foot, in the full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Peas require consistent moisture and will sprout in approximately 10-15 days.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for peas:

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Peas will be ready to harvest in approximately 10-15 days. Peas can be harvested at any stage while in their pods. Use scissors or carefully pick the pods from the stems.

Cooking & Eating!

Peas can be eaten directly off the vine or cooked in the kitchen. We enjoy our peas sauteed, added to our stir-fries, boiled, and steamed. They make a tasty treat for everyone!


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