Growing Peas in your Vegetable Garden
PLANT TYPE: Annual
LATIN NAME: Pisum sativum
SUN: Full Sun
SOIL TYPE: Medium‐rich, well‐drained, high organic matter
pH RANGE: 6.0 ‐ 7.0
WATERING: Average (Every second or third day unless it becomes very hot)
MATURITY IN DAYS: 55 ‐ 70
KNOWN PESTS: Not a lot, but grasshoppers will take the leaves and some caterpillars can have a wonderful time on and in the actual pods.
KNOWN DISEASES: Root rot
Peas can be started as soon as the last major frost has passed.
There are many varieties but over the years we have chosen our favourites to continue the heirloom heritage.
Most peas prefer a soil that is well‐drained with limestone or wood ash.
Pick peas on a regular basis to encourage more growth and a better harvest.
Try not to get the plant wet when watering, instead water the ground where they feed.
Harvest peas while they are young for the sweetest flavor, or older for a more robust food source.
Peas prefer cool growing conditions and will tolerate light frosts, they may be planted in some states at the begining of winter and will germinate in a wide range of soil temperatures.
Peas will tolerate crowding so may be spaced 60mm apart.
All peas, including dwarf types, are natural climbers, will be more productive, and not as susceptible to rot, if given some support or planted along a fence or trellis.
Peas prefer full sun with a soil pH of 6.0‐7.0. and require a well‐drained, rich and sandy soil.
Work organic matter, including rotted manure or compost into the soil for best results.
Best Times to grow Peas:
Melbourne, Snowy Mts. and Tasmania - Jan - Oct
Adelaide, Sydney & Perth - Feb - Sept.
Coffs Harbour to Rockhampton - Mar- July
North Q'ld and NT - May and June.