How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Time to plant

Peas do best when grown during cool-weather periods. Warm weather shortens the harvest season. The seeds are easy to grow because they will germinate at soil temperatures of 45° F. Most peas will tolerate mild frosts.

In suitable climates, peas can be planted more than once a year for a continuous harvest.

Planting Dates for Peas*

CALIFORNIA Direct seed

North and North Coast
Monterey County north

Jan.–April
Sept.–Oct.

South Coast
San Luis Obispo County south
August
Dec.–March
Interior Valleys
Sacramento, San Joaquin valleys
Sept.–Jan.
Desert Valleys
Imperial and Coachella valleys
Sept.–Oct.
Jan.–Feb.

*Areas are large, so planting dates are only approximate, as the climate may vary even in small sections of the state. Contact experienced gardeners in your community and experiment on your own to find more precise dates.


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