Hopefully, your garden has been tilled, the seeds planted and if you’ve bought 6-packs of vegetables they’re also in the ground. You’ll get a few winter rains, but your garden will need supplemental watering. Drip irrigation is by far the easiest and most water-efficient way to go. Garden centers have information pamphlets with detailed instructions and everything you’ll need (including some plugs and a hole punch). We use 1-gallon per hour emitters on individual plants that are spaced apart (squash, cabbage, watermelon, etc). For rows of peas, parsnips, beets, and such we use a drip hose, which has a small hole every 8 inches. If you think this isn’t going to be enough water, just put another drip hose on the other side of the row, with the holes staggered. This will give you an opening every 4″. These will last through many, many seasons. When you want to put them somewhere else, just pull them out, plug the hole, and punch a new hole where it’s needed. I’m making this sound more complicated than it is. It really is a “diy” project. You’ll also need a battery-operated timer to attach between your faucet and the irrigation hose. In the winter we program the timer to water for 20 minutes 4 times a week. In the summer it’s 3 times a day, every day. I water by hand until the seeds start to sprout. It’s much easier to tell exactly where you need the hoses after the plants come up and the ground doesn’t really need a deep watering until you’ve got some roots to nourish.
That’s not a winter garden in the photo (looks like watermelon and zucchini) but it’ll give you an idea of how the drip irrigation is set up.
If you’re growing more than one variety of peas I urge you to label the rows. With most plants it won’t matter, two different varieties of spinach could be used the same way. One year I planted a row of sugar snap peas and one of peas to be shelled. I was sure I knew which was which, no reason to label them.
They are not interchangeable! What I thought were sugar snaps were tough and fibrous and the fully matured sugar snap peas tasted even worse. We wasted a lot of food before realizing what the problem was.
Also, if you’re growing different kinds of peas don’t plant them close together. The natural inclination is to do that and only put up one trellis. By the time you’re ready to start harvesting they’ll have grown together and you won’t be able to tell them apart.