Category Archives: Vegetable Gardening

Burpee Super Sugar Snap Peas

Check this out!  My experiment this year in growing peas: Burpee Super Sugar Snap Peas versus Sugar Daddy Peas.  Both of these are actually sugar snap peas from Burpee where you eat the whole pea not just the peas inside the shell. I wanted to share my experiences with you.  Sugar snap peas are a favorite of our family as you will be able to see from all my blog posts about them.

They are a cool weather crop so they need to be planted in the early spring for an early summer crop or in the middle summer for a fall crop.  They can stand some frosts much better then say beans or tomatoes.  See my post on Sugar Snap peas and the frost. Since the middle of June we have been enjoying our harvest of sugar snap peas so I am in a great position to compare these 2 different types of sugar snap peas!

Compare Burpee Super Sugar Snap Peas to Sugar Daddy Peas

Burpee Super Sugar Snap Peas Compare to Burpee Sugar Daddy PeasFirst I would like to compare how they grow.  As you can see from this picture they have very different growing habits.  The peas on the left which are over 6 feet tall are the Super Sugar Snap pea.  The peas on the right which reached a grand ole height of about 3 feet are the Sugar Daddy Peas.  You can see there is a huge difference.  But each pea has a plus and a minus.

Firstly, the Super Sugar Snaps need something that will support them to grow over six feet tall.  This could be considered a minus because that is not so easy to come up with.  I will tell you my secret.  I use Texas Tomato Cages with the 2 foot extensions.  I have been using these for years because they support my Sugar Snaps very nicely.  The cages are circular and I plant my peas around the inner edge of the circle and around the outer edge of the circle.  You can see a picture looking down into the tomato cage with baby peas growing at this link:  Update on growing Sugar Snap Peas.  The minus to these tomato cages is that they are expensive.  In my opinion they are totally worth it.

We did actually harvest more peas from the taller peas which is a plus for the Burpee Super Sugar Snap peas.   Even so, the Sugar Daddy peas grew a lot of peas on the shorter vines.

Plant Sugar Daddy Peas from Burpee If You Don’t Have a Six Foot Support

If you don’t have any way to support peas that are going to grow over six feet tall the Burpee Sugar Daddy pea is for you.  It is much easier to support a plant the only grows 3 feet tall.  The growth is more compact and there were a lot of peas in the smaller space.  There are many options for a 3 foot tall support.  There will be a few options from Amazon to click on at the end of this post.

How About Taste: Burpee Super Sugar Snap Peas

There is no doubt about it that the Super Sugar Snap peas and the Sugar Daddy peas are both delicious–sweet, flavorful, crunchy and refreshing!  There is a minus though, to the Super Sugar Snap Peas–they are very stringy.  You need to remove the strings before you eat them in my opinion.  The Sugar Daddy peas are practically stringless.  In my opinion I don’t mind de-stringing them.  But for some people they would definitely rather have the stringless variety.

To sum it all up the Super Sugar Snap Peas grow much taller and produce more peas that are delicious.  You will need a super tall support system for them.  They are really delicious but they have strings.  The Sugar Daddy peas are more easily managed because they don’t grow so tall and they are stringless.  Both are really tasty!

There is still time to try some for this year.  Plant them in August for a lovely fall crop!

Check out some of my other blog posts on planting and growing sugar snap peas:

Click on the pictures below to buy supports to grow sugar snap peas!


No Time to Mature For Baby Tahitian Melon Squashes

I have had a continual problem at the end of the summer and in the early fall when there is no time to mature for baby Tahitian Melon Squashes.  I have written a lot about how I love the Tahitian Melon Squash:

  1. Better Than Butternut Squash
  2. Growing Winter Squash
  3. Winter Squash Growing Great

You can imagine towards the end of the season, when I have all these new baby squashes growing and I know there is not enough time for them to ripen, how disappointing that would be.

Solution for No Time to Mature For Baby Tahitian Melon Squashes

So the first few years I let the squash grow hoping that there would be enough time for it to ripen.  Even though we have a long growing season I was always disappointed.  I got squash that was quite big but not that deep rich color which shows that it is fully mature.  Then I would cut them open and the flesh would be such a muted color that I wouldn’t even call orange.  I know that the deep rich orange color is so healthy full of beta-carotenes!

No Time to Mature for Baby Tahitian Melon SquashesSomeone and I can’t remember who suggested harvesting the squash when they are small and using it as a zucchini.  I decided to try it.  This was the first year.  They are totally green with some stripes at this stage as you can see from the picture.  I decided to slice them about 3/8 inch thick.  Some slices were small from the neck and some were quite large.  They were all the same thickness.

Recipe for Not Mature Tahitian Melon Squash

I arranged the slices on a baking sheet that was sprayed generously with Pam.  I baked them at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Then I removed them from the oven and turned them all over.  Then I baked them for another 10-15 minutes.  You can vary the time depending on how soft you like them. We were in for a great surprise.  They are truly delicious!!  We have enjoyed many of these this season and we just found the one above in the last 2 days and it is near the end of October.  Just one hint–Don’t let them get too big.  Pick them before they start to lose the green color and the stripes!

Here is another recipe that could be used for these squash: recipe baked zucchini slices.  For information on getting Tahitian Melon Squash seeds.