Peas: to thin or not to thin

regaldozer(6A)May 10, 2013

I planted my peas on St Patrick's Day according to an article I read in the local paper here and they are doing very well. They are doing so well that it actually pains me to snip ones that are closer than the recommended 2" apart. I am growing sugar snaps and shelly peas. let em grow or give em a snip, whats the thinking?

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bart1(6/7 Northern VA)

I never thin mine and they seem to do fine, and I sow them pretty thickly.

Don't know if this is right or wrong, but I have enough other stuff to keep me busy without having to worry about thinning peas!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 6:08PM
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steve_in_los_osos

For the last few years I tried following the package distance for my snap peas (2"). I had the worst crops. Between attrition from insects and disease, I hardly had any peas.

This year I said "to heck with that" and went back to Jim Crockett's advice: if you're stingy with your peas, they'll be stingy with you.

I have a bumper crop this year.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 6:15PM
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jonfrum(6)

Another Jim Crockett hat-tip - dense planting peas is the way to go. Peas are the one plant I would never thin. I use a hoe to make a shallow trench, and drop seed in a think planting. The seeds can be touching each other and they'll be perfectly happy.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 9:22AM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

Shelling peas ;-) I disagree slightly. I planted my peas thick, 1" apart, 2 years ago, and they grew great, but didn't produce that great, and died fairly quickly. Last year I gave them a little more room and they were able to do their thing 100%. They grew to maturity and produced properly. I haven't found any vegetable that 'likes' to be crowded.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 9:58AM
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Avocado101(9A Southern California)

I would suggest thinning also. Too much in small space caused my crops to produce smaller and slower yield. And the whole group seem to suffer.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 12:44AM
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