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The Easy Peasy Guide to Growing Pea Plants: All You Need to Know About Growing, Harvesting, Cooking, and Eating Delicious Peas

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When winter lingers and you’re longing to start your garden, it’s peas to the rescue! You can direct sow this cold-weather crop as soon as the ground can be worked and reaches 45 degrees F. In fact, the greenest holiday, St. Patrick’s Day,…  READ MORE right arrow
Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network
Have you ever eaten peas right off the vine? They’re crunchy and sweet—almost like candy. Steam or sauté peas or peapods lightly and they turn bright green, become more tender, and add a tasty texture to stir-frys and salads. Once you’ve tasted fresh peas, you’ll…  READ MORE right arrow
Peas, fresh out of the garden.


Peas in their pod.
Peas come in three main types: English, snow peas, and sugar snap. English peas, also known as shelling or garden peas (Pisum sativum ssp. sativum), produce inedible pods from which large, edible peas are harvested. Snow peas (Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon) produce edible flat pods with very…  READ MORE right arrow
Pea plant
The three types of pea plants—English, snow, and sugar snap—are divided into two classifications: dwarf and tall. Dwarf pea plants are bushy and grow to 15 to 30 inches. Dwarf varieties tend to produce their crop all at once, like a determinate tomato. Because they are short and bushy,…  READ MORE right arrow
Pea seedlings.
Getting your pea plant garden started begins with the choice of how to grow your plants—from seeds or seedlings? Although you might be tempted to go with seedlings, pea plants do better if you sow the seeds directly into the ground. Why? Because young pea plants are very fragile—they…  READ MORE right arrow

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