Peas are outstanding cool weather crops. They can be put in the garden as soon as the soil can be worked. I like growing my peas in containers. They grow great in large containers and container gardening lets me get them started before my garden is ready.
Planting Peas in Large Containers
I planted 2 varieties of peas. One is a dwarf 2 foot vine of the sugar pod variety. The other is a full growing vine with stringless pods. I highly recommend stringless pods. You can find all kinds of pea seeds at your local stores.
Step One: Set up a 10 to 18 gallon container
Step Two: Plant your peas (Dwarf)
Peas aren't difficult to plant. You don't need to do much more but supply the soil. They make their own nitrogen and do well in most loose decently drained soils. You can really mess them up! You can see the peas are spaced about 3-4 inches apart. The packets say seed every 2 inches and then thin to 6 inches. With raised beds you can grow things much closer. This container provides the peas with a lot of depth for root development. It is like a raised bed because the soil is so loose. The roots of each plant can grow quite deep. There is less competion for space.
The peas were pushed down (with my finger) to about 1 1/2 to 2 inches. They got a good watering. I am done with peas. It is that quick and easy.
Step Three: Plant your peas (Standard)
Not all the peas will come up. If you are worred about them being over-crowded you can thin them as the packages directs you. If you have a lot of growing depth for the plants and they get 8 hours or more of sun, you can worry less about thining. Enjoy!