When Should I Plant Peas?

“When should I plant peas in New Mexico?” Question from Susan of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Answer: Peas are fast-growing cool-season crops that are best grown in spring, as soon as the soil can be worked, and during the mild days of fall. This is the rule of thumb no matter where you live. Cool weather, full sun, and fertile soil are required for great pea production. For best results, amend garden soil with a 1:3 ratio of OMRI Listed Black Gold Natural & Organic Compost Blend and lightly feed with an all-purpose organic fertilizer for vegetable gardening. Turn the soil to make sure it is light and friable.

Most peas need trellising. The lightweight vines will grow well on a moderately sturdy trellis consisting of bamboo posts fixed with tightly fitted netting. Even bush varieties can benefit from a low bamboo and twine support system.

Once your spring pea crop is spent, remember that you can plant a new crop again in fall. To learn more about planting peas, click here.

I hope this helps!

Happy gardening,

Jessie Keith