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I have fond memories of picking and shelling garden peas as a child. I likely ate more than I produced. If you’d like a productive pea patch in your garden, this article can help. Here are five essential tips for growing great peas.
1. Plant peas early. Peas can be planted just before the last frost. They are cold tolerant and not at all picky about early spring weather. That being said, you should not become anxious and plant them too early either. Several frosts after planting can cause small yields or stunt growth.
2. Peas like filtered sun. Plant peas in a location that gets 6 hours of full sun per day. This does not mean you should leave them at the mercy of direct sunlight. Draping a mesh over the trellis will keep peas from wilting and drying in the heat. Let soil dry between waterings.
3. Use a trellis or teepee. Peas are best managed by using something for them to climb. You can use trellis. Another method is to slant three bamboo sticks toward each other on three sides of the pea plant. I like to use tomato cages for peas to climb on.
4. Mix sand in your compost. I like to use a combination of compost and sand for planting peas. Peas like well drained soil. They also need aeration. The sand will provide both of these. Compost gives the peas a nutritional boost to begin their growth season.
5. Fertilize regularly with compost tea. Compost tea is made by soaking compost in water and straining. It makes an excellent weekly fertilizer for peas. If this seems too complicated, you can buy liquid seaweed fertilizer for peas at most garden centers.