By Kathleen Mierzejewski
Have you ever thought about how to grow snow peas (Pisum sativum var. saccharatum)? They are a cool season vegetable that are quite frost hardy. Growing snow peas requires no more work than growing other varieties of peas.
How to Grow Snow Peas
Before planting snow peas, you need to be sure the temperature will not be lower than 45 degrees F. and that all chance of frost for the area is gone. Although they can survive frost, you still don’t want them to have to survive it. Your soil should be ready for planting snow peas. Make sure it is dry enough. In other words, if it is sticking to your rake, it is too wet to plant. Waiting for after the rains is best if you live in an area with heavy spring rain.
Planting snow peas is done by placing the seeds one to one and half inches deep into the soil. Make sure they are placed one inch apart as well. Your rows should have 18 to 24 inches between them.
Sometimes, depending on your climate, you might want to mulch around your growing snow peas to protect the soil from getting too hot during the hot weather of summer. This can also help prevent them from getting too much moisture during times of hard rains. You might want to be sure they are not planted in direct sunlight either. Growing snow peas do not like all day direct sunshine.
Care of Snow Pea Plants
When cultivating around your growing snow peas, make sure you hoe shallowly so you do not disturb the root structure. You can fertilize the soil when growing snow peas right after first planting snow peas. After picking the first crop, you can fertilize again.
When to Harvest Snow Peas
The care of snow pea plants simply requires waiting and watching them grow. You can pick them when they are ready to be picked. You will know this because you want to get them before anything inside the pod starts to swell. You can harvest your pea crop every one to three days for fresh snow peas for the table. Taste them off the vine to determine their sweetness.
As you can see, the care of snow pea plants is simple care. They don’t require anything extra, and really don’t require anything special. You can have a great crop not two months after planting snow peas in your garden. They are versatile, and can be used in salads and stir fries, or mixed with other vegetables for a medley.