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Saturday June 26, 2010
Post Title: How to grow snow peas and sugar snap peas  

Growing snow peas or sugar snap peas in your organic garden is certainly one of life joys as a vegetable gardener. They are one of the most productive plants you can grow for the space used and the flavour of peas from a healthy garden is sensational.

My blog describes some of the key things you need to know for growing your own great tasting peas. Also have a look at my 4 minute movie on growing peas to accompany this blog. It is set in my round garden bed which has two rows of peas underway and another bed we are planting in the movie. One row of peas are already 2 metres high after 8 weeks and producing an incredible crop. You can do the same.

The first thing to consider is planting at the right time of the year for your climate to get the best crop. They are sensitive to temperatures like most vegetables. To extend your cropping time, its important to establish the ideal months to plant. Our Gardener subscriber planting calendar uniquely does this for you no matter where you live in Australia, NZ or the USA.

Always use organically certified seeds to ensure you give the plants the best start. The crop you see in the movie came from seeds we saved from last years crop. We managed to save about 500 sugar snap and snow peas seeds. Last years crop started with about 30 certified organic seeds.

You can plant your peas directly into your garden beds if you have good compost to get them underway and you know the local animals are not too familiar with your vegie patch. Otherwise start them in trays and plant they out when they are about 3-5cm high. If you are planting them directly in your garden bed, make sure you have your climbing frames in place before you put the seeds into the ground, that's if you have climbing varieties. If find climbing varieties to be bigger producers than bush varieties. The higher you can make the peas climb and get good sun, the more they will flower and fruit.

To help with your planting success, plant them on a fruit day according to the planets. You can easily find this out on our Gardener subscriber planting calendar search by day. More detailed information on soil requirements, cultivating, companion planting, crop rotation and pest and disease management for growing peas is provided in our Gardener subscriber site.

Author - Peter Kearney - www.cityfoodgrowers.com.au

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