Peas are a cool weather vegetable grown in the spring and fall by gardeners across the United States. In Mediterranean and other mild climates, peas are also grown in the winter. While peas generally grow outdoors, bush varieties such as “Little Marvel” (Pisum sativum) make interesting and fruitful potted plants for indoor or patio gardens. “Little Marvel” is an heirloom variety, grown by gardeners for the last 100 years.
Green garden peas are a valuable source of protein, iron and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber helps to reduce serum cholesterol thus reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Sugar snap peas and the like, contain much less protein, but they are an excellent source of iron and vitamin C that work to keep your immune system functioning properly.
Spacing: 2” to 3”
Height: 36” to 60”
Optimum Soil Ph: 6.0 to 7.08
Days To Maturity: 70
Sowing Method: Directly Outdoors
Plant seeds 2 inches deep and keep the soil moist but not soggy while the seed is germinating. You should see sprouts in 7 to 10 days. To save space, you can plant a double row, staggering the plants with a trellis in between.