Growing Guide: Sugar Snap Peas
- Remove all weeds and trash from the planting area.
- Till the soil 8 to 10 inches deep and rake it several times to break up the large dirt clods.
- Work the garden soil only when it is dry
How To Grow Sugar Snap Peas
- Growing sugar snap peas is best when the temperature is 45F (7C) or higher.
- Peas are a cool-season vegetable and can tolerate light frosts even when the plants are small.
- Peas can be sown in the spring or fall.
- Plant your snap peas seeds 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep and 1 inch apart, with 18 to 24 inches between pairs of plants or rows.
- Mulch around the plants , which will prevent the soil from getting too hot in summer. Mulching also prevents moisture from building up around the roots during a rainfall. Too much sunshine can burn the plants, and too much water can rot the roots.
Harvesting Sugar Snap Peas
- Pay close attention to the pods and pick when they are swollen. This stage is usually reached 5 to 7 days after flowering.
- Don’t wait too long because the peas can become tough. Growers find that sampling the peas throughout the growing season helps with determining when to harvest.
- Remove overgrown pods that you missed earlier to keep the plant blooming and producing longer.
Enjoying Sugar Snap Peas
- Peas (unlike beans) do not open when they are ripe or have a membrane in the pod; they are meant to be harvested and eaten with both pods and peas.
- Crunchy pods are delicious and can be plucked and eaten straight from the vine.
- Sugar snap peas are great in salads while raw, or in stir fries with other vegetables!
- The pods can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.