The vines of the sugar snap pea can grow to over 4 feet in length. Sugar snap peas are a cool weather crop that should be planted in the early spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Most varieties of sugar snap peas are ready to harvest in as little as 50 days and no more than 60 if you plan to eat them raw or cooked in the pod.
Things You'll Need
- 6 foot long garden stakes
- Rubber mallet
- Plant tape
Position a 6 foot long garden stake approximately 1 foot from the pea plant.
Pound the stake into the ground at least 1 foot deep using a rubber mallet.
Untangle the growing pea plant gently and tie each vine loosely to the stake using plant tape.
Continue to tie the pea vines to the stake as they continue to grow. This will keep the vines out of the dirt and make picking the peas an easier task.
Tips & Warnings
- Plant stakes can be made from wood, plastic or other manufactured materials. You can also use long, straight tree limbs for stakes if you have them available.
- Snap peas are harvested when the peas are mature in the pod, but before the pod becomes tough or leathery.
- If you have difficulty finding plant tape you can use 1 inch strips from the legs of women's panty hose to tie the peas to the stakes.
- University of Wisconsin Extension: Vegetables for Wisconsin Gardens
- Alabama Cooperative Extension Service: Planning for a Home Garden
- "Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening"; Editors of Organic Gardening and Farming Magazine; 1975
- Utah State University Extension "Home Gardening"; Peas in the Garden; Dan Drost; June 2010
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