The Pea Pod Growth Process
Growing pea pods can be a lot of fun, and there are many varieties from which to choose. The pea pod is relatively hardy, but there are some requirements for healthy growth. Read below to grow a healthy pea pod crop.
Peas are an interesting plant to grow. They grow best in cold temperate climates under partial shade. Peas do well in many different types of soil, but they do prefer light to heavy. Add richness to peas by adding old compost with a very low nitrogen content.
Peas grow best when you sow them in the ground in early spring, if heavy frosts are not likely to occur. Place the seeds about 8 cm apart, so that you have enough room between rows to easily pick the peas at harvest time. This is especially helpful if you plan on planting a tall crop. You can continue to plant peas for several months at two-week intervals if you live in a cooler climate or in higher elevations in tropical regions.
When to Sow Peas
You can sow snow peas in the late summer all the way to the middle of winter, as long as the ground is still warm. With winter peas, full sun is not required to produce a nice crop. It's also possible to start growing peas inside your home before planting them outside. However, peas don't do well once their roots have been disturbed, so if you want to transplant it's a good idea to place the peas in individual peat pots for easy transfer to the ground.
It takes about 10 to 16 weeks for peas to grow. Peas do well in moist soil, but make sure you don't water the leaves in the evening as this can cause problems with fungus.
Different Types of Peas
Sugar snap peas have fat pods, so if you want a flatter pea try planting snow peas. This type of peapod can be eaten whole. Normal garden peas should be left in the garden until they are fully mature. You pick them when they are fat and green. You have to shell these peas before consuming them. Peas don't come in a variety of sizes, but they taste delicious and are the perfect vegetable accompaniment to a wide range of different meals.
The type of peas you plant will depend on what you want to eat and the amount of space you have in your garden. You'll need to construct or purchase a wall to grow the peas, or you can grow dwarf peas. You can even use pea shoots in a stir-fry.
Options for Growing Peas
You can grow taller peas on a trellis, or on a wall tied up with string. Another option is to drive stakes or branches into the ground to provide support for the pea plants. Sometimes the dwarf varieties also do well when attached to twine, which prevents the pods from touching the ground. You can even grow peas in hanging pots.