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Post  Luke Allen on 1/11/2017, 9:28 am

I need some advice on when to plant  peas.  I have read several publications about peas and I get a mixed
bag of when to plant.  I live in West Texas which means that the weather can change any time from 20 degrees
to 80 degrees.  Yesterday it was 78 degrees.  I need a "peaologist" to help me.
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Post  camprn on 1/11/2017, 7:27 pm

To be clear, are you speaking of green garden peas or something like field or cow peas?

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/11/2017, 7:31 pm

Cute Equines!  I agree, peas come in many forms, and, you have come to the right place for Veggie-ologists!
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Post  Mellen on 1/11/2017, 8:49 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Cute Equines!  I agree, peas come in many forms, and, you have come to the right place for Veggie-ologists!
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(Sorry...I'm a beginner..can't help you with the peas.)
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Post  camprn on 1/11/2017, 9:04 pm

Luke, here is a fact sheet on growing peas from the Texas extension service.

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/files/2010/10/EHT-015-Easy-Gardening-Sugar-Snap-Peas.pdf

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Post  sanderson on 1/12/2017, 2:52 am

So, with sugar snaps, you eat the whole pod, like you do with flat snow peas. What are the differences between the 2 that make some folks plant snow peas (like me) and sugar snaps?

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Post  walshevak on 1/12/2017, 7:27 am

@sanderson wrote:So, with sugar snaps, you eat the whole pod, like you do with flat snow peas.  What are the differences between the 2 that make some folks plant snow peas (like me) and sugar snaps?
Sugar snaps can be eaten pod and all even when the pea is filling out.  Snow peas stay flat.   For some reason I feel like I'm getting more pea for my effort with the sugar snaps.  Of course they never make it into the house before they get eaten.  Embarassed

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Post  Luke Allen on 1/12/2017, 8:54 am

To make my post clear, I am going to plant Green Arrow peas.  I have read info from
Texas state but the problem with that is the info does not take into consideration the
altitude.  This changes the weather so fast.  Where I live we can see all 4 seasons in
one week.  I need to know how much cold weather this variety will stand.  Is there
another variety that will do better with this kind of weather?  I have appreciated the
response that I have received.
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Post  sanderson on 1/12/2017, 12:53 pm

Luke, Sometimes one just has to try a variety to see how it does. You will learn so much your first year. This pea is rated for all zones but when one plants it may make a difference. I direct sow peas in Sept-Oct for winter eating. I have never grown sugar peas or shelling peas. I hope someone can help more.

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Post  yolos on 1/12/2017, 2:12 pm

I have done a lot of experimenting with English Shell Peas.  Unfortunately, I cannot find my notes on how each variety faired.  What I do know, is that the Alaska pea worked best for me as a vining pea plant.  It withstood freezing weather better than any of the other varieties I planted.  I did grow Green Arrow but don't know how it compared to the other peas.  But since I decided on The Alaska pea, I assume the Alaska Pea did better for me in my climate than Green Arrow.  Unfortunately, I don't get good production out of any vining pea because the days to maturity are too long.  The days to maturity for Green Arrow is 69 days which is too long for my location.   So this year I experimented with bush type peas.  The best performer was Strike Pea from Johnny's.  The days to maturity is 45 days.  I planted it on 9/10 and it did begin producing edible peas 45 days later.  We have very short spring and fall so a short days to maturity is critical.  I also like Strike because it is not a tall vine and therefore I can use hoops if we get a hard freeze predicted.  My finding is that the pea vine will survive below freezing weather but the pea pods will not.
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Post  Luke Allen on 1/12/2017, 2:40 pm

Thanks for all of the good feedback.  The Alaska pea sounds
like one I need to try. 
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Post  camprn on 1/12/2017, 6:47 pm

@Luke Allen wrote:To make my post clear, I am going to plant Green Arrow peas.  I have read info from
Texas state but the problem with that is the info does not take into consideration the
altitude.  This changes the weather so fast.  Where I live we can see all 4 seasons in
one week.  I need to know how much cold weather this variety will stand.  Is there
another variety that will do better with this kind of weather?  I have appreciated the
response that I have received.
Luke
Regardless, go by the temperature parameters and calculate growing time against when it gets hot in your area. Peas will tolerate cold much more readily that heat. I believe that pea plants continue cell division down to 36F, or thereabouts.

looks like you could sow within the month.

http://www.plantmaps.com/76935   <~~~ click
http://www.plantmaps.com/interactive-texas-usda-plant-zone-hardiness-map.php

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/12/2017, 8:58 pm

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@sanderson wrote:So, with sugar snaps, you eat the whole pod, like you do with flat snow peas.  What are the differences between the 2 that make some folks plant snow peas (like me) and sugar snaps?
For me, I like to eat sugar snaps fresh out of hand, or my fave, with hummus.  I think of snow peas in a stir fry.  I barely cook at all in garden season.  Lesson learned, don't plant things that need cooked in the summer.  Except for grill.
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Post  camprn on 1/13/2017, 8:14 pm

@Luke Allen wrote:I need some advice on when to plant  peas.  I have read several publications about peas and I get a mixed
bag of when to plant.  I live in West Texas which means that the weather can change any time from 20 degrees
to 80 degrees.  Yesterday it was 78 degrees.  I need a "peaologist" to help me.
Luke
Luke, were we able to help you with your question?
Do you have any other questions?

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Post  newbeone on 1/14/2017, 1:32 am

Hi: Luke I have to agree with You with Texas weather last week it was 20F to today it was 80F, I planted Both Sugar Snap And Green Arrow last week when it was cool now at 80F according to what I've read it's to warm. My research shows peas like a range of 55-75F hope this helps
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Post  sanderson on 3/5/2017, 2:06 pm

The SFG Foundation posted this on FB. http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/growing-peas-zmaz09fmzraw

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/5/2017, 3:03 pm

@sanderson wrote:The SFG Foundation posted this on FB.  http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/growing-peas-zmaz09fmzraw

Along with the spinach seeds, I was just positioning my peas this morning for easy access in the fridge.  Hard believe it's that time already...could be next weekend for me.  
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Post  yolos on 3/5/2017, 10:49 pm

I think I am late planting my peas.  But my peas are only 49 DTM so they may set before the heat arrives.  I better plant quickly.
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Post  Pollinator on 3/6/2017, 10:20 am

I planted my snow peas the first week of February here in coastal SC  They are about 4 inches high and looking nice. We had frost the last two nights and I did nothing to protect them. They have no visible damage. I think they'll stand a moderate freeze.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/6/2017, 7:10 pm

@Pollinator wrote:I planted my snow peas the first week of February here in coastal SC  They are about 4 inches high and looking nice. We had frost the last two nights and I did nothing to protect them. They have no visible damage. I think they'll stand a moderate freeze.
Nice!  I can't wait for my sugar snaps!  Like candy!
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