The Q&A Archives: Sugar Peas

Question: When should sugar peas be planted in our zone? Our summers are extremely hot and winters are relatively cold.

Answer: Sugar peas are a cool-season crop, so you're right in being concerned about growing them in the summertime. They wouldn't produce under those conditions. But, sugar peas can be planted in late February for an early spring harvest in your area. If you begin planting around President's Day, and sow seeds every two weeks, you'll be able to harvest peas beginning in May, and continue until the hot weather arrives. Prepare your planting bed now by tilling or digging in some organic matter and raking it smooth. Then in February, you can pop the seeds into the soil without having to work it while it's cold and wet.

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