Peas are a cool weather crop that prefers full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Plan on providing some kind of support (a trellis, fencing, or chicken wire) for the vines as they will grow to 6’ or more. Install your support before planting time. Transplant outside in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked 1-2” from your support. Space plants 4-6” apart. A row of peas can be planted on either side of your support without fear of crowding, which will double your harvest without taking up more space.
To help control weeds during the growing season, consider adding a layer of organic mulch around your plants. If flea beetles are a problem, they can be controlled with a floating row cover. Keep plants well-watered during dry periods to promote pea production but don’t overwater.
Peas pisum sativum
Sugar Snap Peas
Sweet, edible pea pod. Pods are 3” long.
Long harvest time. Good raw, frozen or canned.
Harvest 62 days.
Pea culture –
Sugar snap peas have a wonderfully sweet, edible pea pod that is popular with gardeners. Since its introduction in 1979 it has become the most flavorful snap variety in the U.S. Pods are about 3” long and bear over a long picking period. You can expect a good yield in both hot and cold weather.
These delicious, tender pods are great eaten raw, in stir-fries, or in salads. Remove string from pods before cooking. Harvest when peas enlarge in the pods. Sugar Snap peas are good for freezing and canning.