Garden, Shelling or English Peas
Pisum sativum var sativum

English or garden peas, also known as shelling peas, are frost hardy, thrive and like to be planted in cool weather (55°F to 60°F). They tend to become bitter as temperatures to warmer. Therefore, plant outdoors in full sun, in early spring for an early summer harvest, or mid to late summer for a fall harvest. Plant the seeds 1½ inches deep spacing them at a rate of one to two seeds every two inches. Space the rows 2½ feet apart.

Since it is common to prune dormant trees about the same time that you plant peas in the early spring, it is a tradition to use branches, stuck into the ground along your pea row, as support for climbing peas. You can also use other items for support, for example lattice, netting, twine, and field fencing, but "pea brush" is by far the simplest.

As a rule, smooth seeded varieties are more starchy and are used for soups while wrinkled seeded varieties are sweeter and generally eaten fresh.

Each ounce is approximately 90 to 125 seeds.
(One ounce will generally plant at least a 10-foot row.)
Click on variety's picture or name below for more information and quantity pricing options (where available).
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Alaska Pea
Used for canning or freezing, or dry (in 80 days) for soups.
Badger Garden Pea
An improved canning pea variety that is disease resistant.
Early Frosty Garden Pea
A good home garden and fresh market variety good for fresh eating or freezing.
Green Arrow Pea
Excellent flavor, disease resistance, ideal for shelling.
Laxton's Progress No. 9 Pea
Pods contain six to nine tasty, sweet, large, peas each.
Lincoln (Homesteader) Pea
Pods are easy to shell. Resists wilt and is tolerant of heat.
Little Marvel Garden Pea
Compact plants, very productive, hardy, luscious and sugary.
Thomas Laxton Pea
Peas are bright green, excellent quality, and high in sugar content.
Wando Garden Pea
Sturdy, up to 30 inches, high yielding, seven or more seeds per pod.
Willet's Wonder Pea
Good fresh as shelled peas and for freezing.

Composition (per 100 grams edible product)

Cooked green peas
Cooked dry peas


81.5 grams

70 grams





0.4 gram

0.3 gram


5.4 grams

8.0 grams

Vitamin A

540 units

40 units

Vitamin C

20 mg


2.0 grams

0.4 gram

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