Sugar peas, also known as edible-pod peas, are a delicious and nutritious addition to any garden. Growing sugar peas is easy, and with a little bit of care, you can have a bountiful harvest in no time. In this guide, we will go over everything you need to know about growing sugar peas, from planting to harvesting.
Steps for Growing Sugar Peas
Step 1: Choose the Right Location
Sugar peas prefer full sun and well-drained soil. They also need a trellis or support system to grow on, as they are a climbing vine. If you are planting in a raised bed or garden, make sure to add a trellis or fence before planting. If you are planting in a container, make sure it is at least 12 inches deep and has drainage holes.
Step 2: Planting
Sugar peas should be planted in the early spring, as soon as the soil can be worked. Plant the seeds about 1 inch deep and 2 inches apart. Water the seeds well, and keep the soil consistently moist. Once the seedlings are about 2 inches tall, thin them out to 4 inches apart.
Step 3: Care and Maintenance
Sugar peas need regular watering and fertilizing. Water them deeply at least once a week, and fertilize them with a balanced fertilizer every 4 weeks. As the plants grow, be sure to train the vine to climb the trellis or support system. Pinch off any dead or yellowing leaves, and remove any weeds that may be competing for resources.
Step 4: Harvesting
Sugar peas are ready to harvest about 60–70 days after planting, when the pods are full and plump. To harvest, simply snap the pod off the vine. You can continue to harvest the peas as they ripen, until the pods start to turn yellow and dry out.
With a little bit of care and attention, growing sugar peas can be a rewarding and delicious experience. They are a great addition to salads, stir-fries, and pasta dishes, and are a great source of protein and fiber.
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