Peas Growing Guide

Peas, also known as Mangetout, snow pea, sugar snap

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 


Fertile, well drained soil.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant



Not usually required, although a mulch of compost, grass clippings or other organic matter can help on poor soils.


Carrot, Turnip, Lettuce, Coriander and Sweetcorn. Jane recommends Carrot, Radish, Corn, Beans.


Single Plants: 10cm (3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 10cm (3") with 20cm (7") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow directly into the soil from mid spring onwards. Some varieties can be planted year round. Sow in batches for a continuous supply.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Support plants with a strong row or wigwam structure over which netting can be tied for them to climb up. Alternatively, use twiggy sticks pushed into the ground near each plant.


Best picked just before eating, often sweet enough to enjoy raw.


Mature plants usually stop producing and die back in hot summer weather.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Peas