Peas are one of the first crops we plant in the spring. Plant as soon as the ground can be worked—even if snow falls after you plant them! Here’s our guide to planting, growing, and harvesting peas.
There are three varieties of peas that will suit your garden and cooking needs:
- Pisum savitum, which includes both types of garden peas: sweet peas (inedible pods) and snow peas (edible flat pods with small peas inside).
- Pisum macrocarpon, snap peas (edible pods with full-size peas).
Pea plants are easy to grow, but have a limited growing season. Furthermore, peas do not stay fresh long after harvest, so enjoy them while you can!
As with other legumes, peas will fix nitrogen in the soil, making it available for other plants. This makes them a great companion plant.