How to grow peas
Sow peas directly into the soil, in two lines 10cm apart, with peas in each row spaced 5cm apart.
Alternatively, regularly sow peas 3cm deep in pots and transplant, spacing the transplanted plants 60-90cm apart.
Protect seedlings from birds. You may need to protect with a cloche in Feb/Mar and Oct/Nov.
Water established plants as soon as flowering starts and mulch to conserve moisture.
Support plants with wire mesh, netting or sticks.
Peas are one of the easiest crops to save seed from. Visit our pea seed saving guidelines here.
Cut mangetout varieties when the pods are still flat, and shelling varieties (eg round peas, wrinkled and petit pois) when peas are felt through the pod. Pick regularly for more pods.