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Peas grow best during spring, early summer, and then again in late summer and early fall when temperatures are between 60 F to 75 F. Field peas can be eaten as very young tender peas pods, harvested when mature as shell peas, or dried and stored as dry peas. Peas can be used as a nitrogen fixing crop, returning nitrogen back into the soil that has been used up by heavy feeders such as tomatoes, squash, broccoli, and other cabbages. I use this pea as a cover crop in my gardens and then harvest the peas so I can make pea soup all year long.
Days to Germination: 9 to 13, 9 days when soil is 60 F, 13 days at 50 F. May take as long as 4 to 5 weeks at 40 F.
Days to Maturity: 65
Sunlight: full sun, part shade
Height: 1-4 ft
How to plant: Sow seed in spring as soon as you can work the soil, late March or early April depending on how quickly the soil warms and dries. Make additional plantings through early to mid May. Peas can also be planted in July and August, or 8 to 10 weeks before first frost date. Intercrop peas with fast-growing cool-season crops such as spinach or radishes. After final harvest, follow with fall-harvested cool-season crops such as broccoli, turnips, or beets. Fall planted peas can replace garlic, onions, and other mid summer harvested crops. Peas planted in cold soil (40 F) are slow to germinate and later plantings made when the soil is warmer (60 F or more) often catch up quickly with earlier plantings.Seed can be saved 3 years.
Plant seeds 1 to 2 inches deep, 1 to 4 inches apart in rows 18 inches apart. Or sow about 1 inch apart in a 3-inch-wide band (about 25 seeds per foot). Shallow planting is best when soils are cool and wet. Plant deeper if soil is dry. Use raised beds if your soil is slow to drain. A quick way to seed is to make a furrow or trench with a hoe, place seed in the furrow, cover and firm. Do not thin. Will grow best when planted next to a fence or in groups so that its tendrils can hold themselves upright. Keep soil moist, but avoid heavy watering during flowering, which can interfere with pollination.
Do not use high-nitrogen fertilizers. Too much nitrogen will result in lush foliage but poor flowering and fruiting. Inoculation with rhizobia bacteria may be beneficial if peas have not been grown in the past. Do not plant peas in the same place more than once in every 4 years.
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