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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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