Spring Means Peas

| 3/6/2014 3:29:00 PM

Tags: Vegetable Gardening, Growing Peas, Green Peas, English Peas, Shelling Peas, Legumes, Susan Berry,

Susan BerryOne of my favorite early spring veggies to grow is peas. Easy to grow and abundant producers, this wonderful legume will provide lots of peas for fresh spring eating and many more for freezing to enjoy all year.

Pea Varieties

Peas, like lettuce, are a cooler season crop. To grow peas, the plants must flower and start bearing fruit prior to 80 degree Fahrenheit temperatures. Remember to plant your peas in your vegetable garden early to beat the heat.

Peas are grouped into three basic categories: garden peas, snap peas, and snow peas. Garden peas, also called English peas or Green peas, are to be shelled. The Garden pea, itself, can be wrinkled or smooth. The smooth ones are better to be used as dried peas or soup peas. The wrinkled textured Garden peas are popular for home vegetable gardens, because they are sweeter. With Snap peas, you eat the pod, too, like with Snap beans. And Snow peas, also called Sugar peas, are the very tender, flat pea pods.


Popular pea varieties

3/8/2014 8:52:51 PM

I am so glad I read this. I was going to plant some peas in the raised bed that I have garlic and onions growing. Now I know better. Well written and easy to understand.

3/7/2014 8:07:38 AM

We still have 7" of snow in our garden and the frost must be down 5'. We'll be lucky to get our peas in during April! Not a good pea year in the northeast...

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