This fast-growing annual produces ample organic matter that can be used as a mulch on the surface, or tilled under to improve soil texture and promote soil health. Continue reading below for tips on how to grow Spring Field Peas from seed.

Pisum sativum
Family: Fabaceae

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Sow as early as the ground can be worked and repeat until late spring. Sow a fall crop towards the end of summer. This pea is hardy to Zone 6: -23°C (-10°F).

Sow to a depth of 2-6cm (1-2½").

For nitrogen fixation, allow plants to reach the flowering stage. If tilling under, allow two weeks before planting the next crop. Avoid following this cover crop with other legumes, like peas, beans, or soy.