Peas and Beans
In Mississippi, over 2,000 acres of Southern peas are grown commercially every year. Butter or lima beans are grown on about 1,200 acres and 400 acres of green beans are produced. English peas grow on less than 50 acres. Most of these are hand harvested and sold within the state. In 1993, over 15,000 acres of peas and beans were grown, primarily mechanically harvested for the processing market.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Which Southern Peas are good for machine harvesting?
- Why do my butter beans drop pods?
- What should the plant spacing be for Southern Peas?
- How do you grow green beans in Mississippi?
- Why aren't more English peas grown in Mississippi?
- What variety of Southern pea makes lady peas?
- Do I need to add nitrogen for beans?
- Where do Southern peas get their names?
- How do sugar pea and sugar snap pea differ?
- What is a yardlong bean?
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Most gardens look dead in the winter as gardeners wait for spring to put in their crops, but these plots can come alive in January with fresh vegetables for the table.
David Nagel, horticulture specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said mid- to late-January is the time to plant peas and greens.
"Mississippi gardeners don't plant peas nearly as much as they used to, but these vegetables thrive in our climate," Nagel said.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Just as Good Friday signals the time to get the spring garden in the ground, August's heat is the indication that it's time to plant the fall garden.
David Nagel, horticulture specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said now is the time to plant tomatoes, peppers, squash, sweet corn, peas and beans.
"Summer gardens typically wind down in early August when the temperatures start being consistently above 95 degrees," Nagel said. "That's when you clean the garden out and plant the fall garden."