How To Grow Oregon Sugar Pod Peas?
Growing Oregon Sugar Pod Peas is not difficult. They are easy to grow and require little attention from the gardener. However, they will only thrive if there is enough sun exposure. If you don’t have sufficient sunlight, then your plants won’t get enough nutrients or even survive the winter months. So it really comes down to whether you want them growing in a sunny spot or not!
The first thing you’ll need to do is decide where you want your new pea patch to be located. You can choose a location near a house, garden center, or somewhere else out in nature.
A good place would be somewhere with lots of sunlight but not too much shade. Some places like parks are ideal because they provide plenty of shade but still allow some light into the area.
Once you’ve decided where you want to put up your pea patch, you’ll need to gather all the necessary materials. You’ll need soil, potting mix (potting soil), fertilizer, and water.
You could also buy seeds from a seed company such as ‘Seed Savers’. I personally prefer to make my own supplies so I can control what’s going into my garden. If you want to do this, gather the following:
Garden soil is good if you have it, if not use loose dirt or sand. The kind of soil you use doesn’t matter, but using a soil with lots of rocks or twigs will only hurt your plants.
I never bother removing any rocks or twigs because it’s easier to plant the seeds and just pluck them out afterwards.
Potting soil is also a good alternative. It will give your plants nutrients to help them grow and blooms.
Water is necessary to keep your plants healthy and growing well. Peas need a lot of water so be sure to keep the soil constantly moist, but not wet.
If you’re using potting soil, you’ll most likely need to water the plants every day.
Fertilizer not only helps your plants grow faster, it also helps them grow bigger and stronger. You can buy fertilizer at a garden center or make your own by putting mowed grass clippings in a garbage bag and leaving it to rot.
Once the bag is full of rotting grass, mix it with soil and you’re ready to grow!
Seeds are pretty self-explanatory. However, if you’re growing your own seedlings make sure you plant more than one!
Having just one seedling will probably die without a mate to keep it company and give it strength.
Step 1: Choose A Location
As I’ve said before, this is the first major step in growing your new peas. You need to find a sunny location that can be dedicated to your plants for the rest of the summer.
It also needs to be a location that you can keep the plants in for an extended period of time. If you live in a city apartment, this might be a bit more difficult but there are options if you’re really set on growing peas.
One option is to grow your peas in small pots on your balcony. Peas need a lot of sun just like other plants so they will need to be placed near a railing or another object that will allow them to receive maximum sunlight.
Another option is to put some plants in a container that can be easily moved around. This could be anything from a wooden planter to a small plastic storage bin. Just make sure the container has drainage holes so the soil doesn’t become waterlogged.
If neither of these options are available to you, I’d suggest buying your peas at the grocery store. While it might seem lame to go the easy route, there’s no point in making things harder than they have to be!
Step 2: Build A Trellis Or Support System
Whether you’re planting the pea plants in the ground or a pot, you’ll need to give the plants something to grow up on. This will be their support system.
There are generally two ways of doing this. The first is to build a trellis out of wood and the other is to place rebar stakes in the ground around the pot or directly in the ground where you intend to plant.
Building A Trellis:
Building a trellis is very easy, especially if you have a wooden picket fence in your yard. All you need to do is remove a couple of pickets from the fence and hammer them into the ground with two more pickets nailed to them about a foot above ground level.
Make as many of these as you need so that you’ll have plenty of room for your peas to grow and climb.
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