Sugarsnap peas are such a versatile vegie! Both the pea and pod are juicy and flavoursome and you can choose to pick the whole pods while they’re young and tender (they’re delicious in a stir fry) or shell the pod when mature and enjoy the sweet delicious peas inside.
Yates® Climbing Sugarsnap Peas are great for sowing during late winter throughout Australia. Being a climber they don’t take up too much horizontal space and are perfect for growing up a 2 m tall trellis or support on a sunny fence or wall. You can also grow sugarsnap peas in a pot on a sunny balcony or patio. They’re a prolific cropper and are quick to grow. You can start harvesting around 8 – 10 weeks after sowing.
Here’s your simple pea growing guide:
- Peas should be sown in a spot that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day.
- Sow seeds direct where they are to grow, 25 mm deep into damp soil that’s been enriched first with some Yates Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. Or for pot grown peas, choose a pot at least 30 cm wide and fill with a quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix.
- Don’t water again for a few days as pea seeds can rot if they’re too wet.
- Seedlings should pop up in around 10 days.
- To encourage a great harvest, as soon as the seedlings are established start feeding each week with Yates Thrive® Flower & Fruit Soluble Plant Food, which is boosted with extra potassium which promotes flowering and pod development.
- To promote healthy plant growth and lots of pea flowers and pods, continue applying Yates Thrive® Flower & Fruit Soluble Plant Food every 1 – 2 weeks and keep the soil moist.
- Pick pods regularly to help maximise the harvest.
- At the end of the harvesting season, dig spent plants into the soil to add extra organic nitrogen.
Kids gardening tip: pea seeds are large and easy for kids to handle and sow and kids love picking and shelling their very own sweet and tender peas. Peas never tasted so good!