For anyone knowledgeable about English Peas

squirrellypete(z7b AL)February 23, 2013

Someone here recently piqued my interest about English peas so I thought I might give them a shot. I have 2 areas I was considering planting them is a VERY large freestanding wire trellis in full sun I grow cucumbers on in late Spring/summer. The other are the 5 ft. bamboo cane stakes leaning against a stone wall that I grow Morning glory vines on each year.

My questions are:
do these seem like good places to plant Snap Peas and will they interfere/overlap with normal planting of cukes/morning glories in late April/early May? I have no idea how quickly the peas reach maturity.

Also, should I add any ammendments to the soil in between the peas and the cukes/morning glories to quickly follow?

Thanks for any tips/advice. If it's too late to plant them without overlapping crops then I can always wait til' next year.

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Peas are a legume, so they fix nitrogen from the atmosphere. You will not need to amend the soil afterwards, just cut the peas off at the base and let the roots improve the soil.

They like full sun, but the stone wall might be too much heat for them; I think the trellis would be better.

Here, you plant peas around Valentine's Day and they start producing in about 60 days. So yes, they will interfere with the time you'd normally want to put other things in the same spot. There are some varieties which start producing in as little 50 days, but you don't have a single harvest flush so I'm not sure that would help you much.

Another option is to just plant the morning glories anyway, harvest peas as long as you can, and let the morning glories overgrow the peas. I'm not sure what would happen here -- when the peas die, I don't know if their old vines would be unsightly or if the morning glories would just grow over all of it.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 9:09AM
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squirrellypete(z7b AL)

Thanks for the info Alabamanicole. That's what I needed to know. I may go ahead and plant this year and see what happens with regard to the overlap. They sound easy enough. I had heard about "nitrogen fixers" but never really quite knew what that meant so that is also helpful. Thank you!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 9:26AM
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