How to Grow Peas

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Peas grow very well when started either indoors or outdoors in the early spring, when provided with a trellis to grow on and when planted in good compost. Grow peas, snapping them off regularly to encourage more pea production, with helpful advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to grow peas. So peas can be started early in the spring and started indoors or outdoors. And as soon as they start growing just a bit, you have to give them something to grow onto because they're a vine. So whether it's a string or a little teepee or a fence or a trellis, they'll grow up onto anything that you let them grow up onto. And as long as you water them really well, give them full, hot sun, and good composted soil, they'll do really well. They don't want any nitrogen added to their soil, so it's good never to fertilize them. They do really well with compost itself. They'll grow a vine and then they'll grow the pea pods onto the vine. And the best way to cut them off is actually with a pair of scissors. It's almost better than snapping them off, and the key is to keep snapping them as they produce the pea pods. And that way, they won't stop producing and they'll keep producing through the fall because if you just let them go to seed right away, the seed will stop producing the vegetables. And they're a very easy plant to grow in your vegetable garden. Just good compost, good full sun, water them well, but let them dry out in between. And as soon as it gets cold in the fall and they start dying back, just cut them to the ground and just leave the growth right on the ground and let them compost themselves. And in the next year, they'll have lots of nutrition and they'll do really well, and you can start them from seed again.

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