A popular favorite for picking and eating straight off the vine, peas are a delicious cold-season crop in the legume family. They come in a few different varieties and are well worth growing if only to experience the notable taste difference between eating them freshly picked or store-bought.
Whether you grow Snap Peas, Sweet Peas or Snow Peas - they make a great early spring or fall crop, just be sure not to let them sit in the fridge for too long after harvesting! High in healthy carbohydrates and protein, they are a great base for vegetarian dishes or paired as a side to meat or fish.
Growing peas in GardenSoxx® | Plant Family: Fabaceae
Nutritional Information For Peas
Nutritional Facts - per 100/g
|Nutrient||Amount||% Daily Value|
|Total Fat||0.4 g||-|
|Dietary Fiber||5 g||-|
How to Grow Peas in Your GardenSoxx®
For optimum sweetness, plant peas in an area that gets full sun and has well-draining soil. Peas can be planted when the soil is still cool, at the very beginning of the spring, even if the last spring frost has not yet passed. Seeds can be sown close together, with only about 2-3 inches between them and at a 1-inch depth in the soil. All varieties of pea plants will benefit from having a trellis to support their growth. Due to their ability to fix nitrogen in the soil, peas make an excellent companion plant to other crops that require more of this essential plant nutrient.
Peas Seed to Harvest Time: Approximately 65 days
How to Harvest Peas
Once you notice flowers blooming on the plant vine, pea pods will follow soon after. Inspect the plant every day or so, being sure to move the foliage around in case the pea pods are hidden behind it so not to miss out on any of your harvest. Harvesting often will encourage more growth.