How to Grow Snow Peas

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The delicate flavor of snow peas can ignite the senses of even the most discriminating chef. These delicious and tender little morsels are easy to grow in a garden and can even be grown in containers if you are short on space. You can feel assured of doing a great job with the nurturing process by following the simple steps below.

Things You'll Need

  • Snow Pea Seed
  • Bucket
  • Compost
  • Garden Tools
  • Mulch
  • Water
  • Purchase snow pea seed at your garden supply center. They may be labeled as sugar peas or snap peas. Read the back of the package for details.

  • Soak the pea seeds in a bucket or container of water overnight. They will swell to more than double their size so be sure there is enough room in the container for them to expand.

  • Choose a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Peas will do well with morning sun as they do not like the hot afternoon sun.

  • Prepare the soil by tilling to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Remove any roots, rocks or other debris.

  • Mark a row with a garden hoe.

  • Add organic matter to the existing soil and mix it in well.

  • Plant peas to a depth of one inch and space two inches apart.. Cover with soil and firmly pack down the soil with your hands or the back of the hoe blade.

  • Keep seeds moist, but not soggy, until they germinate. You may notice sprouts within a few days, but it may take up to a week to 10 days for the peas to germinate.

  • Water regularly whenever the soil dries out.

  • Side dress peas with an all purpose fertilizer when they are 4 inches high. Sprinkle the fertilizer along the row of peas about 4 inches from the roots. Follow the recommended amount on the package. Work the fertilizer in well with the hoe. Water thoroughly.

  • Mulch near the base of the peas with grass clipping or hay to retain moisture and to keep the roots cool.

  • Harvest when pods are 3 to 4 inches long. Do this before they have begun to fill out. Wash will cold water.

  • Stir-fry snow peas with other vegetables, tofu or main course item of your choice.

  • Store unused snow peas in the refrigerator for several days or blanch them for two minutes in boiling water. Freeze in freezer bags for future use. Be sure to dip them in ice water to cool before you freeze them.

Tips & Warnings

  • Snow peas can be broadcast in containers or window boxes. Plant boxes at two week intervals to prolong your harvest of fresh snow peas.
  • Do not allow your snow peas to fill out. You need to pick them when they are young and tender and the peas are barely visible in the pod.

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