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Peas Pisum sativum

Growing Peas: Tips at a Glance

  • Type Edible vegetable
  • Life Span Annual
  • USDA Zones 2-11
  • Light Sun or some shade
  • Water Well-drained soil
  • When to Plant Early spring
  • Design Tip Cover a fence
  • Companions Radishes, lettuce
  • Days to Maturity 30-50

Peas: A Field Guide

A vining plant that is happiest on a trellis or fence, Pisum sativum produces pods full of round green peas that are technically seeds but more practically your delicious dinner companions.

Pea vines create a stunning backdrop and fill a garden with light green vines and beautiful white blossoms in the spring. There are many cultivars of pea; sugar and snap peas can be eaten in the pod. Other varieties should be shelled and either cooked or dried for best flavor. To extend the harvest season, plant a new row or two of peas every other week after the soil thaws. (Dwarf or bush varieties are available for the weekend gardener, but vining types will yield more peas.)

Planting, Care & Design of Peas

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