Planting Sugar Snap Peas

Planting Sugar Snap Peas-Pea FlowerIt is time for planting Sugar Snap Peas.  They are a cool weather crop so they need to be planted in the early spring.  Sugar Snap Peas grow best in the cool weather.  They can be planted again at the end of the summer for a fall crop.

There is nothing like going out and just picking them off the vine.  They are so crunchy, sweet and delicious.  They need to be staked because they can grow to 6 feet tall.  They can be eaten raw or sauteed in a stir-fry.  They are fun to pick and you can eat the whole thing pod and all.

Remember to put a fence around them because they are a very tasty morsel to the local rabbits.  One year I planted Sugar Snaps and they all germinated and were growing up so nicely.  I went out the next day and they were all gone.  Eaten right to the ground.  What a shock and disappointment!  So now I always put a portable plastic fence around to protect them.  I got mine at Home Depot.  One of the reviewers says it is much cheaper at WalMart.  You also need garden stakes to support the fence.  You can get these at Home Depot or your local garden store.  I get plastic covered metal and I save them from year to year.

The Sugar Snaps grow up the tomato cage in the middle of the fencing.  I have extensions for the tomato cage.  This is the first of several plantings.  I wanted to experiment with how early I could plant and have them still work out.