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Peas

Pisum sativum

Planting:

As peas prefer cool growing conditions and will tolerate light frosts, they may be planted as soon as the ground can be worked and will germinate in a wide range of soil temperatures, 4-24°C (40-75°F). Sow seed 1 to 1½" deep, 1-2 inches apart in double rows spaced 3-6" apart, 24" between the next double row. Plants will tolerate crowding so may be spaced 2" apart. All peas, including dwarf types, are natural climbers, more productive, and not as susceptible to rot, if given some support or planted along a fence or trellis. Seed is offered in both treated and untreated; if using untreated seed, avoid planting in cold, wet, poorly aerated soils, as you risk loosing the seed to rot.

Growing:

Full sun to partial shade with a soil pH of 6.0-7.0. Light feeders require a well-drained, rich and sandy soil. Work organic matter, including rotted manure or compost into the soil for best results. An application of Garden Inoculant, either to the soil or to the seeds themselves before planting, can be very beneficial. Even soil moisture is essential especially during flowering and pod set. Use mulch to conserve moisture and keep weeds down.

Harvest:

For best tasting peas, harvest when pods are young and tender. Pick regularly to promote continued production.

Pests & Diseases:

Prevent root rot and other plant diseases by regular crop rotation.

Companions:

Carrot, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, early potato, radish, spinach, pepper, turnip.

Sowing Rate:

Approx. 125g is required to seed a 30-35' row. Seed 100-150' per acre.