English peas are a cool-weather crop and should be planted
early. In the lower South they are grown at all seasons except
summer; farther north, in spring and autumn. In the Northern
States and at high altitudes, they may be grown from spring until
autumn, although in many places summer heat is too severe and the
season is practically limited to spring.
A few successive plantings may be made at 10-day intervals. The
later plantings rarely yield as well as the earlier ones. Planting
may be resumed as the cool weather of autumn approaches, but the
yield is seldom as satisfactory as that from the spring planting.
Some smooth-seeded varieties are frequently used for planting
in the early spring because of the supposition that they can
germinate well in cold, wet soil. Peas grown on supports are less
liable to destruction by birds.
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