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Sugar snap peas are a great choice in your vegetable garden, especially if you're growing in a container. They have the highest yield among other conventional peas. Sugar snap peas aren’t generally bothered by pests, but they can sometimes suffer from mildew and hot temperatures.
How do I Grow Peas?
Before you plant your peas, put in a trellis or vertical frame so they can be trained to climb. Pea seeds can be directly sown into their containers about 3 weeks before the last frost up until mid April. In the South Coast of BC you can start as early as mid-February!
Plant each seed 1 inch deep at a spacing of 16 per square-foot. Peas will take about 5-10 days to sprout outdoors. Make sure to keep the container’s reservoir full, so your peas get enough water.
Peas are good climbers and the tendrils will naturally grab onto the trellis, they just need a bit of guidance. Carefully tuck the vines into the trellis as they get taller. Pea vines are very delicate and will break easily when mishandled, so be extremely gentle with them.
Avoid garlic, onions and chives.
Vitamin A, C, K, and phosphorus and iron
Pick your snap peas when you see the pods are rounded but still smooth, and pick the pods off carefully. When peas have bulged it means they’re too mature, so try to pick them beforehand. When the peas reach full maturity it can signal the plant to stop producing.
Peas are best eaten right after you pick them because their sugar turns into starch after harvested, but they can be blanched and then frozen.
Preparing and using
Sugar snap peas are best used fresh, but if you need to store them then keep them in the refrigerator. If peas have turned brown it means they are overripe and unusable, so put them in the compost pile.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Sugar snap peas are a great starter vegetable for kids, they are fun to pick, crunchy and sweet!