How to Plant Pea Seeds in the Fall


If you live in an area with mild winters, pea seeds can be sown from September through November. If the ground in your region tends toward autumn freezes, planting pea seeds in the fall becomes a bit trickier. The soil must have cooled to 45 degrees F or lower. Yet you will need 55 to 70 days of growing time prior to heavy freezes. Plant your peas in a sunny area. You will need a trellis or other support structure for climbing peas.

Step 1

Place the pea seeds in a container and soak them overnight in water.

Step 2

Dig up the gardening bed to a depth of 5 inches. Use the gardening fork to loosen the soil.

Step 3

Add a 2-inch layer of compost and a handful of bonemeal to the soil. Rake it in to a depth of 3 inches. Level the bed with the rake.

Step 4

Plant the pea seeds 1-inch deep and 1-inch apart in north-to-south rows. If planting more than one row of peas, space the rows 18-inches apart.

Step 5

Water the pea garden with the fine mist setting on the hose. Keep the soil moist, not soggy while the seeds germinate, generally within 10 to 15 days.

Things You'll Need

  • Small bucket or bowl
  • Gardening fork
  • Compost
  • Bonemeal


  • University of Illinois Extension: Peas
  • Ed Hume Seeds: Early Plantings (Peas and Sweetpeas)
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