Grow your own – Peas

We have always grown peas and beans here with our favorite being snow peas.  

Our local climate offers excellent conditions for growing both. Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil and ensure that the area receives at least six hours of sunlight daily.

Prior to planting, prepare the soil by incorporating organic matter such as compost or aged manure to improve fertility and drainage. Avoid waterlogged or compacted soil, as it can hinder root development.  The ideal time to be planting locally is from April to June.

You can sow seeds directly into the prepared soil, spacing them eight to ten centimetres apart and two to three centimetres deep or alternatively just grab a punnet with six to eight small plants and plant out that way.

If planting in rows, space the rows 15 to 20 centimetres apart to allow for adequate air circulation and easy access for harvesting. Mulching around the base of the plants can help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

Water deeply and regularly, especially during dry spells, to promote healthy root development.

Snow peas are climbing plants that require support for vertical growth. Install trellises, stakes, or a pea fence at the time of planting to provide the necessary support.

As the plants grow, gently guide the tendrils to climb along the support structure to prevent entanglement and ensure proper airflow. This will help prevent diseases such as powdery mildew and improve overall plant health.

Snow peas are typically ready for harvest eight to ten weeks after planting.

Harvest the pods when they are young and tender, before the peas inside fully develop. Use scissors or pruners to snip the pods from the plant to avoid damaging the vines.

Regular harvesting encourages continuous pod production and prolongs the harvest period. We use them freshly picked in salads, stir-fries, or lightly steamed. That’s if they make it inside.

We have grown them in the garden but over recent years have found they do better grown in large pots. After two or three different vegetables have been grown in the pots we empty the pots into the compost bin and refill with our fresh compost and repeat the process.

Why not try growing your own?

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