2012 Harvest

2012 Harvest

Monday, April 8, 2013

Planting Snap Peas

Snap peas are one of our favorite spring vegetables. We are trying a new variety this year because the variety we had last year (Mammoth Melting) grew over four feet tall and were a bit too much for our fence to handle. This year we are trying Oregon Sugar Pod II Sugar Snap Peas because they are only supposed to grow up to 20-28 inches.


Sugar Snap Peas can tolerate a good deal of cold so they can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked. We planted ours on April 6, but we probably could have planted them a few weeks earlier. Snap Peas are not great candidates for transplanting due to their shallow roots, so they are best planted directly in the ground. We typically plant the seeds about 1/2" deep and 1-2" apart.

Snap peas grow on vines so they need some sort of structure or fence to climb on as they grow. We made a 25 foot fence out of chicken wire and planted a row of snap peas on both sides.

Germination and Growth

Snap Peas typically take 7-10 days to germinate and approximately 45-60 days until harvesting begins. Once the vines begin producing pods, we typically have a good month of harvesting. The vines may need some initial help latching onto the fence. Once established however, they are pretty much maintenance free. It is important to keep the seeds well watered after planting as they need plenty of moisture to germinate.