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How to Grow Mangetout or Green Peas and Some Sample Recipes

How to grow green peas or mangetout is easy like growing climbing beans. I have written three easy to follow steps of growing green peas.

How to Grow Mangetout or Green Peas

How to grow peas or mangetout is very simple to do. Peas or mangetout are so easy to grow even a child can do it. My parents have been growing vegetables when I was young and I learnt a lot of techniques from them and mangetout or green peas is one vegetable I like growing and eating because of its sweet taste and texture. It can be eaten raw or cooked. Also its nutrient content is very good for our health.

Three Ways of Growing Green Peas or Mangetout

Three ways of growing peas or mangetout:

1. Grow green peas or mangetout directly in to the soil – As I have limited space in my garden, I made a plot to plant green peas direct to the ground. I dug holes on the plot and put some compost mixed with my home made compost into the hole and mixed them to the soil underneath the compost. Then I flatten the compost mix and put the green pea seeds on top of the compost then cover it with soil. I put about five or six peas on each hole to allow for extra seeds as sometimes some seeds are eaten by worms under the ground or soil when they start to germinate.

You can also dig a straight line hole on your plot if you like then put your compost in then your pea seeds on the top of your compost with at least two inches apart then cover them with soil about an inch or two inches thick on top.

2. Growing green peas or mangetout on raised beds – I tried growing my peas as well on one of my raised beds and it has been a success. In fact, the peas have lots of ready to pick green peas and flowers which I am quite excited about because I like picking the fruits of my labour.

I am experimenting at the moment, I put some climbing beans around the peas along the side of the raised bed. I planted the green peas first so the climbing beans are just climbing the stakes at the moment which means when I am finished with my green peas, I got the beans to harvest next.

I planted also some mustard greens on the raised beds first then the peas and then the beans. I already harvested the mustard greens before the green peas started flowering. So all in all, I planted three kinds of vegetable in my raised bed which I harvest one after the other.

3. Growing green peas or mangetout in containers or pots – I put a mixture of home made compost with multipurpose compost that we bought from the shop in the container. I added a little bit of soil then mixed them all up. Put some "Grow More" fertiliser and dry chicken manure with the compost mixture as well. I then put the green pea seeds on top of the mixture and firm them in or push them in the compost mixture, about an inch deep, cover with compost and water it. Make sure you space them out. I made sure I put some extra seeds in case some seeds won't grow or will be eaten by worms in the soil.

The peas that I grow on the container was also a success. The peas has lots of fruits. Planting in pots or containers help when you haven't got enough space in your garden or if you live in flats. Green peas can be grown in sunny balconies as well. As long as there is lots of light and sunshine green peas or mangetout will grow.

Best Place to Grow Green Peas or Mangetout

Find a sunny place in your garden with good loose soil that does not retain moisture as peas are very delicate vegetable especially the roots. The roots and stem easily rots. Peas do not want water retention on the soil because it will rot the pea roots. So make sure you only water it when the soil dries up and do not overwater it.

If you have not enough space in your garden, you can grow green peas or mangetout in containers or pots. As long as you have well-drained soil or homemade compost not moist to use on the pots or containers, it will be okay.

Peas can be grown straight into the soil, no need to sow. Some gardeners sow them inside their house or in the greenhouse and then transplant the peas outside in the garden or pots when they develop their first few leaves.

This year I tried three ways, growing the green peas directly to the soil and growing some peas on containers and growing some green peas on the raised beds. All three ways of growing green peas were successful.

Green Peas or Mangetout Photos

Peas growing on a raised bed with mustard greens

Peas growing on a raised bed with mustard greens

Peas growing on a container

Peas growing on a container

Mustard greens with peas

Mustard greens with peas

Mustard greens with peas

Mustard greens with peas

Competing to grow with the mustard greens

Competing to grow with the mustard greens

Peas or mangetout on the raised bed

Peas or mangetout on the raised bed

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Peas starting to have fruits

Peas starting to have fruits

Peas with it fruits on the container

Peas with it fruits on the container

When to put Support or Stakes for Mangetout

Stakes or canes can be put in place before or after planting your peas. You can put up your stakes first and then plant your peas around the stakes or you can plant your peas first and then put your canes up after planting. It depends on your preference really. There is no set of rules about this. But I was taught by my parents to put the canes after the peas are planted when the peas are about to climb.

When the peas are about four to five inches tall, it is time to put support. You can use any twigs that you get from pruning your fruit trees like plum trees. The twigs from plum trees are very sturdy indeed and good to use for supporting beans or peas.

You can also buy canes(sticks) from the garden centres or twigs even. I saw they sell twigs in B@Q apart from canes(sticks). Some gardeners use strings for beans and peas but I prefer canes(sticks) or twigs for my peas to climb in. They are more practical and easy to put up. If possible I use my plum tree twigs because it saves me money as well.

The stakes or canes are expensive to buy. I also save the canes after each use by keeping them inside the shed which will save me money in the long run. By keeping the canes in the shed, it will keep them dry and not rot and I can use it again and again. Saving me lots of money.

When to Pick Green Peas or Mangetout

The green peas are ready for picking when you can see a pod formed with little seeds inside them. Start picking from the first fruits from the bottom of the stem going upwards to the top. Try and pick as soon as the peas are ready to encourage more flowers therefore more peas to pick. The more you pick the more peas are produced. Just keep picking when you can to encourage more green pea production.

If you want to leave some seeds for the following year then, don't pick until the green pea pods turn yellow and seeds inside become bigger and hard to touch. If you have flat peas, it is better to pick them early but if you have sugar snap peas, best to pick them when they are a little bit blown up but not too hard as you will be cooking these with their shell same as the flat peas.

But you can also let the peas mature and use them as canned peas or just boil them like the one we eat with fish and chips. Or have mushy green peas as well. Or you can leave the peas to mature and harden to use for stews or casseroles.

Photos of my Home Grown Peas and Where to Plant them

Growing peas on a raised bed with mustard greens

Growing peas on a raised bed with mustard greens

Growing peas directly to the soil with some mustard greens

Growing peas directly to the soil with some mustard greens

Growing peas on containers

Growing peas on containers

How to Cook Peas or Mangetout

There are so many ways of cooking peas or mangetout. You can stir fry, blanche, boil, or saute or use it raw in salads. Peas can be eaten raw when young not matured.

I sometimes just boil the mangetout for about five minutes with enough water to cover the peas and then drain the water, put some butter if you like and stir then use it as a side dish for your meat or even fish meals.

In my country, we use peas in many stir fry dishes like chicken stir fry, vegetable stir fry, beef stir fry, pork stir fry or even cold salads. Peas or mangetout is used in many Oriental noodle dishes like chow mein, vegetable spring rolls, Pancit noodles and also Oriental fried rice dishes.

Peas are also used in curry dishes. Peas or mangetout is widely used in the Far East. Peas is one of the most expensive vegetables in my country. That is why I prefer to grow my own peas.

Green Peas or Mangetout Recipes

Green Vegetable stir fry with peas:


  • 4 spring onions - cut up
  • 1 courgette - thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove - crushed
  • 250gms broccoli florets - cut up
  • 125gms peas or mangetout - top and tail off
  • 1 red bell pepper - sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cucumber - thinly sliced long ways
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger root - grated
  • 3 tablespoon ground nut oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Heat the oils in a wok and add the garlic and ginger and stir fry for a few seconds.
  2. Add the broccoli, courgette, red bell pepper, mangetout and the spring onions. Stir well and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cucumber to the wok last then stir fry for a few more minutes then add salt and pepper to taste or you can use soy sauce if you like instead of salt and serve at once. Best eaten with rice and egg noodles when freshly cooked.

    This recipe is very good for vegetarians. The above recipe serves about 2 to 3 people.

Tofu, Yellow Bean Sauce and Mangetout Stir Fry

  1. Ingredients:
  • 125 g mangetout - topped and tailed off
  • 1 large onion - thinly sliced
  • 230 g firm tofu - sliced into cubes
  • 1/2 jar yellow bean sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 125 g carrots - sliced
  • egg noodles or rice to serve


  1. Heat the vegetable or sunflower oil in a wok. When the oil is very hot, add and cook the carrots and sliced onion for about five minutes, stirring continuously until soft.
  2. Add tofu and yellow bean sauce then cook for 10 minutes. Tofu and yellow bean sauce can be bought from ethnic food shops like Taj Mahal, Oriental shops and from major supermarkets.
  3. Stir in the mangetout and cook for about 2-3 minutes. When cooked, remove from wok and serve with rice or egg noodles. This kind of stir fry can also be used as fillings for jacket potatoes which are also good for vegetarians.

How to grow green peas or mangetout

How to grow peas or mangetout

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Linda Bryen

How to grow mangetout

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on May 30, 2018:

Hi! Peachy, thank you for your comment. Peas are really easy to grow but it needs to be watered daily if not raining also the soil has to be loose and not muddy.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 29, 2018:

I had tried growing green peas once, it did grow until 1 feet tall and then dried up. I think it is the soil problem

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on August 25, 2015:

You are welcome peachpurple, the vegetables that I tried in pots are potatoes, peas, beans, Pak Choi, mustards, tomatoes, aubergine, sitting beans, chives, spring onions, beetroots, rhubarbs and carrots. Most vegetables grow in pots really.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on August 25, 2015:

thanks for your advice. I threw away the yellow leaves and the kangkung did grew better green leaves.

Oh yes, what other vegetables have you tried to grow in pots?

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on August 04, 2015:

Peachpurple, I am not sure what to do but I think if you cut them all short it might grow again. I have not grown kangkong before but I think they are attacked by some flies and that is why their leaves are turning yellow.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on August 04, 2015:

My kangkung grew upwards instead. I used wood chopsticks to guide them but the leaves look sick. Yellow spots. What should I do?

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on July 30, 2015:

Thank you Mary, for visiting my hub on growing peas. It is so easy growing peas but as you say, you are good at growing flowers but it is always good to try growing other things sometimes. Thank you for sharing it too.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 29, 2015:

I would love to try my hand at growing peas. The flowers on them are so pretty.

Thanks for reading my Hub about my not being able to grow tomatoes! I have a wonderful "green thumb" for flowers, though.

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on July 17, 2015:

Peachpurple, watercress and kangkung can spread sideways and that is okay. Even the kangkung can grow upwards or sideways, it does not really matter. Thank you for reading my hub.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 17, 2015:

I had planted watercress , kangkung, in a pot, it is growing side ways, should i use a stick and tie it so that the kangkung will grow up not sideways?

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on July 16, 2015:

Thank you Maureen for your kind comment. I just love my peas.

travmaj from australia on July 16, 2015:

Linda, this is lovely, I have many memories of picking peas when I was a kid in England. My dad grew them. They were so sweet. I've never tried growing them but I hope to give it a go when our weather warms up. My favourite is the mangetout, your recipe with tofu sounds delicious and makes my mouth water. (I love tofu) Nice pics too - thanks for this...

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on July 15, 2015:

Thank you poetryman6969 for your kind comment.

poetryman6969 on July 15, 2015:

I like the pictures of peas and pea flowers growing from the vine in the pot.

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