Fall peas


#1

i’m getting ready to sow peas for a fall crop, but concerned that with daytime highs around 90, the soil may be too hot for them to germinate.

Is this an issue?


#2

Yes it is

Sprout them inside, then plant deep and water cold


#3

There’s no way I can sprout that many inside. I’m trying to plant 3 20-foot rows.


#4

We do peas here for a summer crop for food plots where we hunt deer and they always get planted when the soil is quite hot and the germination rate is still very high. I just planted Corn, Kidney beans, cucumbers, sunflowers, amaranth and sorghum and they are all doing very well. I sowed them in 90 degree heat in the ground and they are doing well actually…


#5

May I ask you, are you selling them? Because if not, I really don’t know what you going to do with 60’ of peas(unless you can or freeze them). I had 8 feet row this year, they grew 7’ tall and it was a lot, much more we could it fresh.


#6

Maybe I suck at growing them, but I had 3 20 foot rows this spring, and never got enough at one time to outpace what we ate fresh.


#7

Shelling peas, not snap BTW.


#8

Bryan, where are you located? I’ve had success growing snow peas in the fall, but the only success I’ve had with shelling peas (I’m talking about garden peas/English peas) has been in the spring (and I’ve had not infrequent crop failures then.) I’m zone 7 NC.


#9

Maryland. Near Baltimore. Also zone 7, albeit perhaps slightly earlier fall cooldown than you.


#10

They’re honestly barely worth it in my location, but I have a picky family, and it’s the only thing I grow that everybody in the house will eat, so I feel like they’re worth trying anyway.


#11

They’re awfully good out of the freezer still. I haven’t done a comparison, but I’m not sure I’d even be able to tell the difference between fresh and frozen. So I try to grow everything I want in the spring. They sure aren’t as productive or reliable as summer peas, but the taste is totally different, and we do really like them.


#12

Planted my fall peas today, after germinating them inside

2 rows - 1 shelling and 1 snap

Now We Shall See if they come up. Fall peas are a crapshoot here - they’re best as a spring crop. And the rabbits devour them.


#13

They’re better in the spring here, too. The issue was we had such rainy weather in late May and early June that about half of the crop rotted.


#14

My first planting froze in the ground this spring and rabbits preyed on the 2nd. Not the best year, but they’re very welcome.


#15

I planted fall sugar snap peas for the first time this year. They germinated fine, but the striped ground squirrels or whatever they are have eaten most of the small plants. I have chicken wire up, plus electric woven fence, but they tunnel under it. I set out JAWS rat traps by their holes and caught six of them, but they just keep coming.


#16

I had good luck planting some fall peas a couple of weeks ago, before that Bermuda high on the East Coast gave us all those rain showers. I’m not very confident about the peas I sowed a few days ago. I’m sure they’re just going to rot in the ground. I might try your suggestion and sprout some indoors, and plant those where the most recent bunch went.


#17

Pre-sprouted fall peas came up rapidly, both rows growing well under hoops and netting to deter damnsquirrels [who are apparently too busy on the pears to notice]