Peas Growing Guide

Pisum sativum var. saccharatum


Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 


Fertile, well drained soil.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant



Not usually required if the plants are mulched deeply with grass clippings, shredded leaves, or another biodegradable material.


Single Plants: 3" (10cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 3" (10cm) with 7" (20cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Soak seeds in water overnight before sowing 2 inches deep and 2 inches apart. Thin plants to proper spacing after the seeds germinate.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Support plants with a trellis, which can be made from string, netting, or twiggy sticks pushed into the ground near each plant.


Pick snow peas when the delicate pods begin to show immature seeds inside. Gather snap peas when the pods become plump yet are still glossy and filled with sweet-tasting peas. Pick shell peas before the pods become waxy.


Mature plants usually stop producing and die back in hot summer weather.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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