Growing peas is “easy peasy lemon sqeezy.” Minus the lemons, of course! While maybe not a favorite vegetable for some, peas host a slew of nutritional benefits, and they’re insanely easy to grow! Whether you’re looking to teach your kiddos a little something about growing peas, or maybe you’re just looking for an easy-to-grow vegetable. These varities of peas are perfect for you!
#1 English Peas
Live somewhere cold? Never fear! Cold weather is virtually no match for the popular english variety. They should be planted in early spring, and they can survive any late frosts that may creep up on your region. You will need a fence or bean pole to support these through their growth.
#2 Snow Peas
My favorite variety of peas! Snow taste best when they are harvested young, and can be harvested a mere 72 days after seeds have been sown. They may or may not need support, it depends on how big they grow (this is usually determined by grow region.)
#3 Southern Peas
Neither a pea nor a bean, the southern variety are easy to grow and equally delicious. It is recommended that southern are planted in an area with warm soil, because they need warm soil to successfully germinate. Grow these in wide rows.
#4 Snap Peas
Also known as “sugar snap peas” these are sweet, delicious, and can be eaten pods in all. Plant the seeds in early spring, and sow the seeds again in the fall for a late summer crop! Perfect!
#5 Misty Shell
Now these are a variety I hadn’t previously heard of! Misty Shell are ready in only 60 days, and their plants can reach up to twenty inches tall! These are disease resistant, and can also be planted in early spring.
The lincoln pea is surprisingly hardy to areas of high heat! These are usually ready to eat in about 70 days, and plants only get to be about two feet tall. This plant tolerates freezes great as well!