Growing Snow Peas
Some easy vegetables that you can grow in Autumn are snow peas. If you live somewhere that is humid, wait until later in the season. You may find your children wanting to help out with the veggie garden, or find that they eat them (all) straight off the vine, yum.
6 Tips for Growing Snow Peas
1/ Snow peas hate frosts which will damage the flowers so they are not suited to autumn planting in cool areas but can be planted in autumn in warm areas; they prefer temperatures of around 13-18°C.
2/ Add compost and dolomite to the soil before planting (peas love alkaline soils).
3/ Sow 3-5cm deep in rows 75cm apart in full sun (make sure you have a trellis in place so your peas can climb up off the ground.
4/ It is a good idea to place light mulch on top of the seed row especially in clay soils as this prevent the soil from surface crusting (which makes it harder for seedlings to push through).
5/ Water well at sowing but then don’t water again until you see that the seeds are starting to poke up out of the soil.
6/ Make sure that you don’t sow the peas in a spot that you grew peas or beans in the previous season (this helps prevent disease build-up).
Problems that your Snow Peas may encounter:
Fungal disease is the main problem with peas. If your area is humid in early autumn then wait until later in the season to avoid fungal problems.
How to Make the Plants Last?
Pick snow peas as soon as they are about 7.5cm – picking regularly extends the flowering and harvesting season
Eat snow peas fresh – not suited to freezing; Sugar snaps can be blanched for about 30 seconds in boiling water then plunged into iced water to retain the green colour, drained well and frozen.
Which Cultivars to Grow?
Both climbing and dwarf varieties available including ‘Melting Mammoth’ (climbing), ‘Yakomo’ (climbing) ‘Oregon Sugar’ (dwarf).
Make sure you peas have enough air movement around the plants to help avoid fungal disease.
Peas don’t need a lot of nitrogen fertiliser but do appreciate a handful or so of sulphate potash or so in the rows added before sowing.
Learn more about how to have a thriving vegetable garden in our Home Vegetable Growing course.