Get ready, get set, plant! Each winter, on average, your risk of frost is from October 27 through April 14.
Almost certainly, however, you will receive frost from November 14 through March 29.
You are almost guaranteed that you will not get frost from May 1 through October 9.
Your frost-free growing season is around 196 days.
Choosing varieties. Snap peas and snow peas are eaten whole. Snap peas have a thicker, crunchy pod. Snow peas have flat pods. Shell peas have tough pods; you must remove the individual peas from the pods. Don’t forget to plant enough of any of the varieties so you can harvest delicious pea shoots for salads, stir fries, and garnishes.
When to plant. Peas are a cool-weather crop — one of the first crops you can plant in spring. Sow seeds in full sun 3–4 weeks before your last frost date.
Be patient. Peas take a while to germinate; usually 10–20 days, sometimes longer. You can speed them up some by soaking in water overnight.
Climb high. Peas climb using tendrils, which can wrap around a support that’s less than 1/4″ in diameter. The size of the vines depends on the variety, usually 3–5′ high. Read the seed packet for the mature height and choose a support accordingly.
They like it cool. Peas will stop producing when the weather gets hot, so you can pull the vines and plant a heat-loving crop in their place.