Container Gardening: The Perfect Way to Cultivate Your Own Peas


Growing peas in containers is a great way to enjoy these delicious vegetables even if you have limited space. Plus, it allows you to care for them more easily and protect them from colder temperatures. To get started, select a wide container with well-draining soil, and stick to the instructions provided on the seed package for planting depth and spacing. Peas prefer moist soil, so water them regularly but be careful not to overdo it.

As the peas grow, they will need support for their climbing vine. You can use bamboo stakes or a trellis system to provide the necessary structure. Peas are nitrogen-fixing plants, which means they naturally absorb nitrogen from the air and fix it in their roots. However, it’s always a good idea to supplement with a little nitrogen-rich fertilizer to promote healthy growth.

Harvesting peas is one of the most satisfying things about growing them. Once the pods are plump and the peas inside have reached the desired size, simply snap them off the plant. To extend your pea harvest, sow seeds in intervals of 7 to 10 days so that plants will mature at different times. This will give you a continuous supply of fresh peas throughout the growing season.

When it comes to pests and diseases, peas are generally quite resilient. However, they can be susceptible to fungal diseases in more humid environments. To prevent this, make sure to provide good air circulation around the plants and avoid overwatering. If problems do arise, there are organic fungicides available that can help combat these issues.

So, if you love peas and want to enjoy them straight from your own garden, try growing them in containers. With the right care and attention, you can have a bountiful harvest of delicious, plump green peas in no time!

How to Grow Peas in Containers

Growing peas in containers can be a great option if you have limited garden space or want to enjoy fresh peas throughout the year. With a little care and proper preparation, you can successfully grow peas in containers. Here are some step-by-step instructions on how to grow peas in containers.

  1. Select the right container: Choose a container that is at least 8 inches in size and has good drainage holes. A gallon-sized pot is usually sufficient for growing peas.
  2. Prepare the potting mix: Fill the container with a loose, well-draining potting mix. Peas prefer loamy soils, so avoid heavy soils that may retain too much water.
  3. Get the peas: Select the variety of peas you want to grow. There are different varietals available, so pick the ones that suit your taste and the weather conditions in your area.
  4. Soak the seeds: Before planting, soak the pea seeds overnight. This will help them germinate faster and lead to better growth.
  5. Planting: Stick the soaked pea seeds about an inch deep into the potting mix, leaving a few inches in between each seed. Make sure to place them pointy end up.
  6. Stakes for support: As the pea plants grow, they will need support to prevent them from falling over. Use stakes or trellises to provide support for the plants.
  7. Watering: Peas need plenty of water, especially during hot summer days. Keep the container consistently moist, but avoid overwatering as it can lead to root rot.
  8. Care and maintenance: Watch out for aphids, which can quickly infest pea plants. If you spot any aphids, get rid of them using organic pest control methods.
  9. Harvesting: Peas are ready to be harvested when the pods are plump and the seeds inside are fully developed. To enjoy fresh peas throughout the year, consider planting multiple containers in succession.
  10. Storing: If you have an abundance of peas, you can store them for winter by blanching and freezing them. Follow proper instructions for blanching and freezing peas to maintain their quality.

With these tips and care, you can enjoy growing peas in containers and have a bountiful harvest of this delicious legume. Get your containers ready, grab your tools, and start planting!

What You’ll Need

Before you start growing peas in containers, make sure you have the following materials and equipment:

  • Pots: Choose containers that are at least 12 inches deep and 12 inches in diameter to provide enough room for the pea plants to grow. Plastic pots are a popular choice because they are lightweight and retain moisture.
  • Soil: Use a loose and well-draining potting soil specifically designed for container gardening. Peas prefer soil that is rich in organic matter.
  • Seeds: Purchase pea seeds from a reputable source. You can choose from a variety of pea varieties, such as sugar snap peas or snow peas.
  • Watering can or hose: You’ll need a way to water your container-grown peas regularly. Make sure you can easily reach all your containers with your watering equipment.
  • Supports for climbing varieties: If you’re growing climbing peas, like sugar snap peas, you’ll need stakes or a trellis for the vines to climb.
  • Fertilizer: Peas generally don’t require much fertilizer, but you may choose to add a slow-release organic fertilizer to the soil before planting.

Once you have gathered all the necessary materials and equipment, you’re ready to begin growing peas in containers!

Equipment Tools

When it comes to growing peas in containers, having the right equipment and tools is essential for a successful harvest. Here are some items you will need to include in your gardening arsenal:

  • Pots or Containers: Select containers that are at least 5 inches deep, as peas need room to grow and spread their roots. Make sure the pots have drainage holes at the bottom to prevent waterlogging.
  • Soil: Prepare a well-draining soil mix for your containers. Peas prefer soil that drains rapidly, so avoid heavy clay soils. You can mix regular potting soil with some compost or coffee grounds to enhance the soil’s fertility.
  • Seeds: Choose a variety of pea seeds that are suitable for container planting. For spring planting, start sowing the seeds about 2-4 weeks before the last frost date in your area.
  • Trellis or Support: Peas are climbing plants and require support for their vines. Install a trellis, stakes, or a pea netting system to help the plants grow upright and prevent them from falling over.
  • Watering Can or Hose: Providing regular and consistent water to your pea plants is crucial, especially during dry periods. Pay attention to the moisture level in the soil and water when it feels dry about an inch below the surface.
  • Gardening Gloves: Pea plants have a tendency to attract aphids and other pests. Protect your hands from these critters and from potential allergic reactions to the plants by wearing gardening gloves.
  • Garden Tools: You will need a trowel or small hand shovel for transplanting seedlings or filling pots with soil. A gardening fork can also come in handy for loosening the soil and getting rid of weeds.

By having the proper equipment and tools, you can ensure that your peas have everything they need to grow and thrive in containers. Pay attention to the instructions on the seed packets and provide the necessary care, and before you know it, you will be enjoying a bountiful harvest of fresh and delicious peas.


When it comes to growing peas in containers, there are a few essential materials you’ll need:

  • Containers: Select containers that are at least 6 inches wide and 9 inches deep to ensure the pea plant has enough room to grow. Make sure they have proper drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.
  • Pea Seeds: Choose your favorite variety of pea seeds. There are different types of peas, including sugar peas and snow peas, so pick the one you prefer.
  • Soil: Use a well-draining and loose soil mix for your containers. Peas thrive in loose soil with good drainage.
  • Watering Equipment: Have a watering can or hose with a gentle spray nozzle for watering your containers. Peas need regular watering to keep the soil moist.
  • Supports: Peas are climbing plants, so they will need some support to grow properly. You can use trellises or stakes to help the plants climb.
  • Frost Protection: If you live in an area with prolonged frost or cooler temperatures, you may need to protect your pea plants. Consider having frost protection materials like row covers or cloths ready.
  • Aphid Control: Aphids can be a common issue for pea plants. Have some organic pest control options, such as neem oil or insecticidal soap, on hand to deal with aphid infestations if needed.
  • Garden Tools: Keep your gardening tools nearby for any necessary maintenance, such as removing weeds or trimming leaves.

With these materials on hand, you’ll be well-prepared to start your pea plantings in containers. Just make sure to pay attention to the specific care requirements of your pea varietals and provide them with the proper attention and care they need to thrive.


Here are the step-by-step instructions for growing peas in containers:

1. Select a sunny spot: Peas need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day, so choose a location that gets plenty of sun, especially in the afternoon.
2. Choose the right variety: There are many varieties of peas to choose from, including snap peas, snow peas, and garden peas. Select a variety that is suitable for container gardening.
3. Prepare the container: Use a wide, deep container that is at least 6 gallons in size. Make sure it has drainage holes at the bottom to prevent waterlogging.
4. Fill the container with loose, well-draining soil: Peas prefer loose soil that allows for proper root growth. A mix of garden soil and compost makes a great planting medium.
5. Sow the peas: Plant the peas about 2 inches deep, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Cover them with soil and gently press down to ensure good seed-to-soil contact.
6. Provide support for climbing peas: Peas are climbing plants, so they will need a trellis or other support structure to grow on. Set up the support before planting the peas.
7. Water the peas properly: Peas need regular watering, especially during the hot summer months. Keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged. Water in the morning to allow the leaves to dry before evening.
8. Care for your peas: Keep an eye out for pests like aphids and provide them with the care they need, including fertilizing if necessary. Avoid overcrowding by thinning out any seedlings if necessary.
9. Harvest your peas: The time it takes for peas to grow and mature can vary depending on the variety, but most peas are ready to harvest in about 2-3 months. Harvest them when the pods are firm and round.
10. Storing your peas: If you have a bumper crop of peas, you can store them for later use. Simply blanch the peas in boiling water for a few minutes, then place them in freezer bags or containers and store in the freezer.

Follow these instructions and you’ll be enjoying fresh, homegrown peas in no time!

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.