Peas are a hardy vegetable that grow best in cool weather.
Peas do not transplant well.
Plant peas directly in the garden 9 weeks before the frost date. Plant them as soon as the ground is no longer frozen and the soil can be worked.
Plant peas from seed 10 weeks before the fall frost date.
Soil and Fertilizer
Amend soil with lots of compost and fertilizer (chemical or organic) at planting.
Avoid adding nitrogen fertilizer after planting. This will stimulate leaf growth but delay fruit. I use a “blooming and rooting” fertlizer (9-59-8) to promote flowering and pod production.
Fertilizer: 16-16-8 at planting, 9-59-10 when plants are 24″ tall
Harvest snap peas (edible pods) when the pod is full-size, but the peas are still small. Harvest snow peas while pods are still flat and before peas develop.