Sweet, crisp peas like snow peas, English peas and snap peas can be grown in your backyard during the cool spring or fall growing season. The plant's vertical nature and bountiful production makes it ideal for small gardens that have limited growing areas. After your pea plants have produced their pods, remove the plants to make way for new crops.
Harvest all the peas from your pea plants. Harvest periods can last several days or weeks and vary both by the pea species, the individual plant and your climate. Common varieties like the Daybreak and Spring peas can be harvested within 60 days of sowing, while the Wando and Green Arrow peas take up to 70 days after sowing before they're mature enough to harvest.
Unwind the peas from their trellis if they're indeterminate (vining) pea varieties. Skip this step if you're growing determinate (bush) peas.
Grab the pea plant at its base and pull upward. Peas do not have extraordinarily vigorous root systems and can be uprooted by hand. Use pruning shears to chop the pea plants into 1- to 2-inch pieces and throw the pieces into your compost bin.
Rake the area in which the peas once grew, sweeping up any pea pods or pieces of foliage or vines that may have dropped to the ground. If you are planting new crops in the area, immediately begin preparing the soil. If you are leaving the area dormant, cover it with 2 to 3 inches of mulch to block out weed growth and shield the topsoil from erosion.