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This is our Doomsday Southern Pea page. It gives instructions on how many southern pea plants are needed to feed one person for a year.
A cup of southern peas has about 200 calories. On a 1200 calorie diet this is about 6 cups per day. One plant will produce about two cups of peas. This is about 1000 plants a year. So lets say about 1200 plants a year for eating, seed production and trading.
You will need about 2000 square feet of growing space to grow this many plants. Southern peas like it hot and will not produce when it gets cold. They can be dried or canned for storage. They will last a couple of days unrefrigerated.
Do not plant all of your seeds at once. Space out plantings to that they do not mature all at the same time.
All of the variety information on the David's Garden Seeds® website, including the days to
maturity, color and size are based on data from tests done at specific
locations. Many factors, including geographic location, daytime and
nighttime temperatures, the availability of plant nutrients, many unknown climate factors and insects/pest interact to determine a variety's
performance. For information on which varieties will perform best in
your area, we recommend that you contact your local county extension agent or a Master Gardener.
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grandchildren, teaching them to grow delicious food, fresh herbs and