Growing Summer Vegetables in Hernando County- Southern Peas

Growing Southern Peas in West Central Florida:

Southern peas, also known as cowpeas, thrive in the warm and sunny climate of West Central Florida. Whether you prefer black-eyed peas, crowder peas, or other varieties, growing these nutritious legumes can be a rewarding experience. Here are some key tips to successfully cultivate southern peas in this region:

  1. Planting season: Southern peas are warm-season crops. Wait until all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up in late spring or early summer before planting the seeds directly into the ground.
  2. Soil preparation: Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Prior to planting, work organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure into the soil to enhance fertility and drainage.
  3. Planting and spacing: Sow the southern pea seeds about 1-2 inches deep and 4-6 inches apart. Allow ample space between rows, typically 2-3 feet, to ensure proper air circulation and access for harvesting.
  4. Watering and maintenance: Southern peas require regular watering, especially during flowering and pod development. Keep the soil consistently moist but avoid overwatering, as it may lead to root rot. Mulching around the plants helps retain moisture and suppress weed growth.
  5. Harvesting: Southern peas are ready for harvest when the pods are plump but before they become tough and dry. Regular picking encourages more pea production. Use a sharp knife or your fingers to harvest the pods carefully.

By following these guidelines, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of delicious and nutritious southern peas from your West Central Florida garden.

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Posted: August 14, 2023

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