The English pea is a popular nutritious vegetable and can be grown throughout DeKalb County. It is also commonly called garden pea, green pea or snap pea. They are a good source of protein, as well as vitamins A and C.
English peas belong to a large family of plants called legumes, which produce pods. The month of February is the best time to plant this vegetable in DeKalb County. They should never be planted in the fall because frost will kill the blossoms, although harmless to developing plants. Avoid planting English peas in very cold, wet soil. It is critical that soil be well drained. If the soil is too wet, seedling rots and root rots will be major problems. English peas grow best in loam or sandy loam soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. Heavy soils such as clay are unsuitable. Any lime needed must always be mixed into the soil before planting. They grow best in full sun at 60 - 65 degrees. When temperatures become higher peas will do better with some shade from the mid-day sun.