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How to grow delicious sugar peas

Updated on July 16, 2011

How to grow delicious sugar peas

The Garden Pea,which provides pods of edible seeds for use in the early summer months,is one of the most delicious of edible crops.

There are numerous varieties for cultivation,with descendants from the botanical plant called(Pisum savitum).It belongs to the legume family,and is a native to Western Asia and parts of Europe.

Because the pea is intolerant of heat,it can only be grown in the spring months,when the nights are cool

The earlier you sow the seed when frost is gone the better.In parts of the south,Peas sown in fall give good results because the months that follow are cool enough to be favorable to their growth.

Peas should be grown in deep and rich soil that does not dry out in warm weather.Peas do not fair well in poor or sandy light soils.

The best way to plant peas is to dig a trench two feet deep in the autumn and add manure and or rich compost to the lower soil and leave the soil at the sides exposed to the weather during the winter months.

In early spring the soil will become crumbly,making it easy to be broken into fine pieces with your garden fork.The soil should be filled into the trench made firm while it is fairly dry.

At this time you need to place lime on top and rake in lightly.

The reason for all this preparation is,Peas are a deep rooting crop and grow best in deeply prepared soils.

Good crops can be grown in rich soil by plowing down to a foot and fertilizing as you go.

If using store bought fertilizer the ratio is 5-10-5.

Sowing Seeds

As the seeds germinate freely,it is wasteful to scatter seeds thickly.A good plan is to make a six inch wide shallow furrow,3 inches deep and scatter the seeds every two inches from each other.

Now cover with an inch of soil.

The distance between the rows should be around four feet apart.

Now you can grow another crop in between the rows such as lettuce or spinach.

Staking Peas

It is important to stake the plants when they are 2 or 3 in.high with a twig or some other means.

If you don't do this the plants will fall over and will not grow well.After the Peas reach a height of 6 inches you should provide a trellis made from chicken wire or hemp of some type so they will grow up to four or more feet tall.

Now what you do is keep the weeds pulled and wait for the Peas to get big enough to pick.

Peas should be picked while young and tender,but wait until the seeds in the pods are fully developed.

There are two main types of Peas,and they are the wrinkled seeded and the smooth seeded.

The smooth seeded are considered the best due to their cold tolerance and can be sowed a week or two before the wrinkled variety..

The best Pea to grow is the Sugar Pea and you can eat the seed or the pods.

Good luck on your gardening adventures.. 



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    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Montana

      Thanks Chuck

    • Chuck RitenouR profile image

      Chuck RitenouR 

      8 years ago from Front Royal, Virginia

      Great hub.

    • myawn profile image


      8 years ago from Florida

      I love peas too. I would like to try and grow these Thanks!

    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Montana

      Most likely in a sunny area.

      They are great foods.

    • Karen Ellis profile image

      Karen Ellis 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      I'm assuming for those of us with short growing seasons, we could start the seeds indoors. My husband loves sugar peas.

    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Montana

      It will be a great experience for your son.

    • Jennifer Bennett profile image

      Jennifer Bennett 

      8 years ago

      I love sugar peas and can't wait to start my project with my son.

    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Montana

      That is a good project for kids.

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Very nice how-to on growing these garden treasures.

      We have a short cool-weather growing season here in northeast Pennsylvania, so we give our peas a bit of a kick-start by sprouting them indoors so that they are ready to go out into prepared garden soil between March 15 and 30.

      We use a see-through plastic container with a lid and paper towels. Dampen the towels (not sopping wet) and place them in the plastic container, place the pea seeds between sheets of the dampened paper, seal the lid, place the container out of direct light and in a temperature around 70 degrees F. In about 7 to 9 days, the peas will sprout and can be planted in the garden, root-end down, at the depth and spacing you indicate. Open the container every two days or so to add some air and check that the towels are still damp. Kids love this project!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Reading this puts me in the mood for Spring.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Good information about the temperature, I never knew. Thank you.


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