Sugar Snap Peas
Sugar snap peas are a cool season, frost hardy vegetable. When growing snap peas, they are meant to be harvested and eaten with both pods and peas. Snap peas planting is done because this particular vegetable is great in salads while raw, or in stir fries with other vegetables.
How to Grow Snap Peas
Growing sugar snap peas is done best when the temperature is 45 degrees F. or better, so wait until you are sure chance of frost is gone. The soil should also be dry enough to till without the dirt clumping up and sticking to your garden tools. After the early spring rains is definitely best.
You will plant your snap peas planting seeds one to one and a half inches deep and one inch apart. Make sure put 18 to 24 inches between pairs of plants or rows. Early on when growing sugar snap peas, you want to be sure to cultivate and hoe shallowly so you do not injure the plants.
When growing sugar snap peas, you can mulch around the plants carefully. This will make it so that the soil doesn’t get too hot from the summer afternoon sun. It also prevents too much water from rain building up around the roots. Too much sunshine can burn the plants, and too much water can rot the roots.
A little weeding is required and the growing snap peas don’t require a lot of fuss and muss. A little fertilization is necessary and soil prep in the beginning is a simple raking and hoeing.
When to Pick Sugar Snap Peas
For knowing when to pick sugar snap peas, pay attention to the pods. You want to make sure you pick the pods when they are swollen. The best way to know when your snap peas are ripe enough is to pick a couple each day until you find them to be perfect. Don’t wait too late because they can get quite tough and then you cannot use them.
Snap peas planting is not a difficult thing. These peas pretty much take care of themselves. Growing snap peas happens almost on its own. You can plant the seeds and watch them grow. It takes very little time before you are enjoying your sugar snap peas.