The Q&A Archives: planting fall pea crops

Question: When should I plant a fall crop of peas in my area? I've heard that peas can be planted for fall but don't know when to start them. I live in southwestern Ohio.

Answer: Pea seeds germinate best at soil temperatures of 50F - 77F degrees and will emerge in 6-14 days when sown about one inch deep and one inch apart. Standard germination rate for peas is about 80 percent. Peas grow best in cooler temperatures, and take from 75 to 120 days to mature, depending upon variety. For instance, Maestro matures in 110 days, Snowbird in 58 days. You can harvest right up until frost, so count back the number of weeks from your usual first frost of the season, add about a week for germination and plant on the target date for the variety you're growing. Keep the seedbed moist until the plants emerge, and be very productive. Good luck with your garden!

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