Some people think that peas only grow in areas where there is cold weather. Actually, this is not true! Peas can grow anywhere; as long as you follow the steps that we have for you below, you will be able to enjoy fresh, crisp, and plump peas all throughout the year.
Peas are great for almost any type of meal for the day. It can be a nice side dish for breakfast, garnishing for a delicious lunch and dinner, and so on.
If you want to know how to grow peas no matter where you live in the country, go ahead and follow the steps I have for you below, in order for you to achieve successful harvest.
Choose Your Planting Spot
Peas love the sun, so you have to make sure to choose for a spot where there is always sunlight. If you have an area facing the south, that would be the best spot to grow your peas.
Your soil should also be a bit acidic. Make sure to test your soil, and make sure that the PH level is at least 6 or 6.8. You can have your soil tested, and add nutrients into it in order to achieve the right PH.
Peas also love moist soil. So you have to make sure that the soil is well draining. Peas that are overly watered will die, so do not overdo your watering. You can also add compost to your soil, as your peas will love well cultivated soil. Do not add nitrogen anymore as peas will have enough nitrogen from the air.
Choose The Type Of Peas
Once your soil is prepared, you can now plant your peas. Peas come in different types, and choose the one that will serve the purpose after harvest.
When planting your peas, make sure to plant them one inch deep. If you are planting multiple seeds, make sure that they are at least 4 inches apart. That way, they will have more room to grow under the soil.
Guide Your Peas When Growing
Remember that peas grow in vines. So you have to install trellises around each plant, and you have to guide them during their first sprouting. Once they are long enough, your peas will know where to cling already.
Nurturing Your Peas
Water your peas every week with at least ½ inch of water. Nothing more than that. If you water your peas too much, there is a great chance for it to die.
Remove weeds growing around your peas, so that all of the nutrients of the soil will only be concentrated on your peas.
Continue nurturing your peas until they have already developed flowers. Once you see flowers, you can already start counting the days for your first harvest. Normally, you only need at least 3 weeks for you to harvest peas from the time you have seen the first flower on your vine.
These are the different methods for growing great peas.
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