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Growing Snow Peas, also Sugar Peas, Mangetout, Chinese Peas

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Snow Peas in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 3 - 4 inches apart
  • Harvest in 12-14 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Carrots, Endive, Florence fennel, Winter lettuce, Brassicas.
  • Avoid growing close to: Chives, Alliums, Tomatoes

They are similar to garden peas but have a softer pod .

Snow peas are best grown in cooler seasons.They need some support when growing, tree prunings with lots of small twigs are a cheap and handy source. Or else strings between posts or wire netting. the peas need tying in the early stages, until they start producing tendrils and clinging to the support.

Will not grow well in hot weather. Protect seeds from birds and mice. Pick early and often before the pods become tough.

Start in pots in frost prone areas.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Snow Peas

Cook whole or eat raw in salads

Your comments and tips

22 Jul 18, CaptainGBK (Australia - temperate climate)
I'm quite new to gardening so i don't know much. Can snow peas grow well in soil with clay lumps in or should i clear the clay. Thx
23 Jul 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Short term solution. Water the soil today and tomorrow give the clay lumps a bash with a rake or hoe to break them up. Add some manures, mulch, compost to soil and mix it all up good.
23 Jul 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Type in how to break up clay soil into google and read up. Use gypsum. If you are about to plant now take the clay lumps out if not too many. In future prepare your soil in the 2-3 months before you want to plant by putting on the gypsum and add some compost - put your lawn clippings and dry leaves in the soil wet the soil and turn it over with a shovel each 2-3 weeks. Also add some loan soil or sandy soil if you can.
22 Jul 18, lyn (Australia - temperate climate)
My snow peas have not flowered they where planted june 1st & they only get part sun. They have grown half way up my 6 foot trellis. What can I do to help the flowering process Lyn
23 Jul 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Depends on the variety you buy. There is one Yukomo Giant - it grows to 4-5' before it flowers and then grows to 8-10' tall. Buy Oregon from Boondie seeds - it is a smaller bush plant. I grow this one.
05 Jul 18, Duong Nguyen (Australia - temperate climate)
I'm in South Australia.My questions ,when the best month to start seedling (grow)the snow peas ?.Thank u .
05 Jul 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Check the info on this page www.gardenate.com/plant/Snow Peas?zone=2
15 Jan 18, Bass-Tone (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it not wiser to cut down snow peas at the seasons end rather than pull out nitrogen fixating bacteria. Secondly, shouldn't we keep root crops away from legumes? ?
03 Jun 18, Chris (Australia - temperate climate)
If you are wanting to return the nitrogen that legumes accumulate back to the soil, then you're better off digging the plants in just as they start to flower. As the beans/legumes develop from flowers, they use up the nitrogen nodules they build up during growth on the roots and by the end of the season, at least 97% of the built up nitrogen is gone. Put simply; if you want beans, then compost plants at the end of season. If you only want to add nitrogen rich green matter to the soil, dig the plants in once flowers are developed, but before fruit begins to form.
17 Jan 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Don't really know what you are getting at here. After a crop has finished, there is not much sense leaving it. Cut down the vine and throw it away (diseased) or chop it up and use as mulch/compost. Dig the soil up and prepare for the next planting. Legumes put N back into the soil so best to plant a leaf crop - lettuce cabbage etc.
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