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How to Grow Peas

This harbinger of spring is just a tease to the garden bounty to come.

Scattered across a bed of crisp salad greens, tossed into an Asian stir-fry, or lightly steamed and served with a bit of mint, this garden gem is a real palate-pleaser.

How to Grow Peas

Pea plants are usually planted in late winter in warmer regions, and in early spring in northern climates, to harvest before the heat of summer. Or plant in midsummer to late summer for a fall harvest.

  • Plant peas in loose, well-drained soil that's at least 45 degrees, in an open sunny site.
  • Early varieties will need a winter covering, such as clear plastic soda bottles with the bottoms and caps removed.
  • Plant seeds 1 to 4 inches apart in a 1- to 2-inch-deep trench, or 1-inch apart in a 2-inch-wide trench and cover lightly with soil. Space additional rows 18 inches apart.
  • Water enough to keep soil moist during the growing season, but avoid wetting the flowers or foliage.
  • When seedlings reach 3 inches in height, provide support by using sticks with twine tied between them or use trellises.

Contact your local garden center or horticulture extension office to find out what grows best in your own backyard.

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