Growing Sugar Snap Peas – How To Grow Snap Peas?
How to grow sugar snap peas in containers:
The first thing you need to know is that sugar snap pea plants are not easy to grow. They require lots of space and they take time to mature properly.
You will have to give them plenty of room and water.
You can plant your sugar snap peas in pots or you can use raised beds. Both methods work equally well but it depends on what type of soil you have available.
If you don’t have any good quality potting soil then you might want to try using raised bed method instead. Raised beds are easier than pots because there is no digging required when planting your seeds into the ground. However, raised beds are also less productive than pots since they require more labor to cultivate.
Raised beds are usually made from wood and plastic. Wood raised beds can be used for several years before needing to be replaced due to decay.
Plastic raised beds last longer and are cheaper to maintain but they’re not as productive as wooden ones. So if you plan on having sugar snap peas in your garden, choose a potting soil over a raised bed one day!
How to grow sugar snap peas in containers?
First of all fill your pot with the soil you’ve chosen. You can use any type of pot but remember that the bigger the pot, the more space you’ll have for farming. After filling your pot with soil, water it and let it drain properly. Now you have to prepare your seeds before planting them. Sugar snap pea seeds are very small so you might need a magnifying glass to see them clearly. Place several seeds on the top layer of the soil you’ve chosen and lightly cover them with more potting soil. Now you have to water your container again but not too much.
How to grow sugar snap peas in summer:
Your seeds need a lot of sunlight so place your container somewhere where it can get at least eight hours of sunlight every day. Since they require a lot of water, water your container every day but not during the hottest hours of the day.
The ideal temperature for growing sugar snap peas is between 75 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
How to grow sugar snap peas in raised beds:
Filling your raised bed with the soil of your choice is a must. You can use potting soil or regular garden soil but be sure to add some compost to it since this will greatly improve the quality of your soil.
After you’ve filled your bed, make trenches in the side which are one foot apart. Sow your seeds in the trenches and cover them with a thin layer of soil. Water them every other day.
How to grow sugar snap peas in the fall:
As soon as your plants have six fully developed leaves, you need to start forcing them to grow deeper roots. To do this, water your container or raised bed only when the top layer of soil is dry.
This will cause the roots to search for water and grow deeper in the process. The plant will wither when it gets too cold outside so harvest all of your sugar snap peas before winter comes.
Caring for your plants:
Keep an eye on the color of your plants leaves because they change colors according to how the plant is feeling. Green leaves always means your plant is healthy, pale leaf color means the plant is getting weak, and purple means the plant is getting too much sun.
Diseases usually appear as spots on your plant’s leaves. If you spot any of these problems, you should either cut off the affected part or spray some pesticide on it.
Your sugar snap peas are ready to harvest when their pods become firmly attached to the vine and their shells become firm to touch. Pick them regularly so that the plant can focus its energy on the new pods.
Actually it’s not a bad idea to pick them all and give the plant a little break so that it can regenerate its supply of nutrients for the next harvest.
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