Peas will never be considered an exotic food, but they’ve been cultivated for at least 5,000 years.
This ancient plant is a cool-season vegetable that needs to be planted early.
“Once the soil warms, the earlier peas are planted in the spring the better,” said David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. “One problem in Missouri is we can quickly go from a cool spring to a hot summer. High temperatures reduce both quality and yield when growing peas.”
You need to plant peas as soon as you can work the soil, Trinklein said. You can’t start them indoors because peas, as with most legumes, don’t transplant well.
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