How To Sow Peas And Broad Beans In The Garden

How To Sow Peas And Broad Beans In The Garden

Save money by growing your own Peas and Broad Beans, easy and delicious

Peas and broad beans are easy to grow and will provide a crop all through summer; as they are fairly expensive to buy fresh from the supermarket they make sense to grow if you have a little bit of space.


 You will need:

  • rake
  • seed
  • watering can with a fine rose
  • labels

The pea variety we have chosen to grow is ‘Hurst Green Shaft’ which is a good high yielding, easy variety to grow. The bean variety is ‘Witkiem’ a good yielding, easy variety which matures quickly.

Broad beans in pod

Make 2 grooves, 20 -23cm (8 – 9”) apart, in soil which has been raked to a fine crumb.

Sow the 2 rows with the peas or beans, place them in the bottom of each row about 20 -23cm (8 - 9”) apart.


 Rake the soil back over them.

Lay some twigs over the row or cover with netting to stop pigeons pulling the emerging seedlings out.

Water in with a fine rose.

Remember to keep watering if the weather is dry, if they get too dry the plants will be stunted and the pods won’t fill out.

To avoid having a glut of peas & beans sow just a few at 2 weekly intervals.


Angela Slater

Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas.