Ready to grow some peas? Peas are part of the Legume family. You have three kinds of peas to choose from snow peas, English peas, and sugar snap peas.
Types of Peas
If you like stir fry, snow peas are the pea for you. They have a milder taste and flatter pod than the sugar snap pea.
English peas, also called garden peas or sweet peas, are shelled, and pods are removed before the peas are eaten.
Personally I love the crunch of a sugar snap pea, so these are a favorite in our garden. Sugar snap peas are the result of a cross between the other two peas. They are sweet and the pea as well as the pod can be eaten.
How to Plant & Grow Peas in Phoenix
Peas are a cool season vegetable. In gardening timing is everything. Seeds can be planted from the end of August through the beginning of January. If starting by seeds plant seeds outdoors in September. Frost is most likely to occur between December through February, so you may want to start outdoor seeds in late January.
Planting depth for peas is 2 inches. Plants should be spaced 2 inches apart.
Best Time to Plant
We love these cool season vegetables and by cool we mean peas love to be planted once the temperatures reaches below 70 degrees. In Phoenix this means we can usually start planting peas in mid-September through mid-February.
Companion Plants for Peas
As part of the legume family peas grow well with green beans, lettuce, spinach, basil, and carrots.
Peas, however, do not like to be near onions or garlic.
How to Care For Peas
Light Requirements: Peas needs full sun or about 6 hours of sun a day.
Soil Requirements: Prefers sandy, well-drained soil, but peas can also grow well in amended clay or sandy soils as well. Peas like neutral and slightly alkaline pH. The soil pH range of 6.5-7.5 is ideal.
Water Requirements: Peas likes consistent moisture.
When to Harvest Peas in Phoenix
Peas takes 60-130 days from the day of planting until harvest day. In Phoenix this means if peas were planted in mid January harvest times for sugar snap peas would be in March. If seeds were sown in September harvest times would be November.
At maturity pea plants have a spread of 8 inches and a height maturity of 18 inches. Fruit is about 3 inches.