Stop buying peas. Use these clever methods to grow them at home

It's the simple things in life that provide some of the greatest pleasures. One pleasure that is hard to beat is eating fresh vegetables you've grown in your own backyard or in your kitchen! Peas are a great choice because they are fairly easy to grow, they taste great and they're super easy to hide in pasta sauces and other recipes (for picky eaters).
If you're going to grow these at home, check out a few ways you can grow these on your own:
Grow peas as an edible ornamental:
Some peas produce colorful flowers before the veggie is ready. Try planting peas in a container or on a trellis for a pretty backdrop you can eat!
Great options for this type of growing include Golden Sweet, Oregon Giant, and Desiree pea.
Peas in a pot:
Peas grow well outside and inside, however, they don't transition well, according to Burpee, so if you opt to plant them in a pot, you may want to keep them here. You'll get a smaller yield from pot-grown peas, but it's still a fun way to start.
Gardening Know How offers a few tips for growing peas in a pot:
-Your pea plant/bush may need to be watered several times per day (but don't overwater, especially when they're in bloom).
-Make sure to choose a good soil and fertilizer.
-Opt for dwarf or bush varieties for the best results.
-Choose small poles or stakes to create a support system for when your peas start growing.
-If you store your pots outside, bring them inside during the winter to prevent them from freezing.
Grow peas outside
Peas are really low maintenance, especially when they are put in ideal conditions. You should start your garden (turn over the soil) in the fall, fertilize and add mulch to prepare the area for planting season.
About four to six weeks before the last winter frost, plant the seeds. (The Almanac recommends waiting until the soil reaches about 45 degrees Fahrenheit before planting).
-If your soil is very wet you may want to opt for raised beds to protect the seeds from rot.
-Snow is okay. Multiple cold days dipping into the teens: are not. You may need to replant your seeds if you have a sudden freezing spell that lasts more than a few days.
-Peas planted outdoors do not need much fertilizer or as much water. Find a good balance so the soil doesn't get too dry though
-When it's time to pick them, use both hands (one to secure the vine, the other to pull the veggie of the vine).
Storing your peas
No matter which type you choose (or which method), you can store your freshly picked crop in the refrigerator for about 5 days. If you want to make them last long, try freezing or canning the vegetable.
Have you grown peas in your garden? Make sure to share these tips with your beginning-garden friends so they can see how easy it is to grow their own produce at home!

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