Growing Sugar Snap Peas
Quick Tips for Growing Sugar Snap Peas
Sugar snap peas are a favorite among gardeners for a couple of reasons. First, they are fairly easy, even for beginners, to grow. Secondly, they are delicious and – thanks to the fact that the outer shell is edible – can be enjoyed straight from the vine.
Here are some tricks to get the most yield from growing sugar snap peas.
Yes, those growing sugar snap peas need to be aware of the fact that peas tend to favor cold weather. For this reason, they can be planted as early as March. Even if they do not sprout until the weather warms up a bit, planting early is still a good idea.
The reason is that some gardeners say that sugar snap peas planted while the weather is still brisk tend to be more robust.
They Will Climb
One thing that a novice to growing sugar snap peas needs to know is that they will climb. Plants can be as tall as six or seven feet. You must provide a trellis or something similar on which they can climb and grow.
If you do not provide a trellis in time, the sugar snap pea plants will attempt to climb around each other. Once that happens, it’s a bit of a loss as untangling them in nearly impossible.
There are alternate varieties of sugar snap peas, such as Sugar Daddy, that can be grown without support. In general, however, these types of non-climbing sugar snap peas tend to have less of a yield.
As more and more gardeners are learning the benefits of container gardens, many want to know if growing sugar snap peas in a container is a good idea.
Many gardeners do use containers to grow this plant. Be sure that the container provides plenty of room and that the plants will, as mentioned above, have a place to climb.
Of course, the size of the container you need will depend on how many plants you plan to grow. You should opt for a larger container, as the plants tend to grow rather freely.
Seeds should be placed between one half and one inch deep and roughly two inches apart. These requirements apply both when planting in a container or in the ground.
You will need to be sure that the plants get at least an inch of water per week.
When to Pick
When growing sugar snap peas, it is important that you pick them in time. Remember that these peas are best enjoyed in the shell, so picking them before they reach full maturity is essential.
As a general rule of thumb, as soon as the seeds inside the pod begin to look a bit chubby, it is time to pluck them.
To keep a steady harvest, stagger your planting about two weeks apart. This will ensure that you will have fresh sugar snap peas throughout the harvest season.
To prevent the sugar from morphing into starch, it is important to use or freeze the sugar snap peas as soon as possible after picking them.
Growing sugar snap peas is a simple crop that is good for beginners. Just follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to a glorious harvest.