Peas

Peas

  • Why you should grow it
    • Peas are a great starter crop, easy to grow
    • It does well in most kinds of soil and in partial shade
    • Peas add nitrogen back into the soil through a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria
    • At the end of the life of the pea plant, cut the plant at ground level, leave the roots in the soil to break down and release the nitrogen
    • The first crop you can start inside in March, direct sow April to late June for harvests in the fall

 

  • How to start seeds
    • Start indoors in March and plant out when the risk of frost has passed
    • Continue to plant throughout the season to have new peas starting
    • Needs cooler soil to germinate
      • If planting out in the summer, shade the soil
      • Plant under taller plants like tomatoes, nasturtiums
      • Keep the soil consistently moist

 

  • Tips for growth
    • Plant a trellis behind your peas to allow them to grow taller
      • Peas can grow over 7ft tall depending on the variety
      • This will allow for good airflow and for more peas to grow, as well as easier harvesting
    • Water consistently, they like cooler soils and water helps cool the soil

 

  • Harvesting
    • When the pea pods look full, snap off the pea from the stem with your fingers or scissors
    • Continue to harvest throughout the summer regularly to promote good growth
    • Depending on the variety, you can eat the whole pod, others you may need to shell
    • Eat them quickly after picking to maximize the flavour

 

  • Saving Seeds
    • Saving seeds couldn’t be easier
      • Leave some pods on the vine to dry out – well beyond being edible
      • Snap off the pods and shell the peas, leave them to dry out more in a sunny, dry location
      • When the peas shatter when hit, they are dry enough
      • Label with the variety and year, store in a dry and cool place