How to Grow your Own Sugar Snap Peas
If you are tired of looking snap peas in the frozen food section of the supermarket, don’t whine! Why not try to grow them instead? You will realize that if you grow your own sugar snap peas, they taste even better! The only trouble you have to face is where and how to get started. If you are simply stick into using the seeds and insert them into the ground as the packaging seed acquired, the probability of sugar snap peas to grow up is only 15% and the rest will rot. In this case, you need a sterile environment to get the effort of the sugar snap peas growth started. Here’s how you can start growing your own sugar snap peas with ease and success.
Things that you need to grow sugar snap peas:
- plastic plate
- paper towels
- sugar snap peas seeds
- plastic wrap
Steps to grow sugar snap peas:
- First, get a plastic plate or something familiar and then put some wet towel papers on it. If there is any excess of wet paper that extends beyond the plate, use a scissor to trim them.
- Then, scatter the seeds evenly on the wet paper towel. Using a plastic wrap, cover the plate to hold in moisture. To produce some air circulation inside the plate, punch some holes on the plastic wrap. If you want to skip this punching-hole step, it’s fine. You have to keep the paper towel moist and place in a not too hot spot. Using this procedure will get you about 85% of germination rate.
- The seeds will start sprouting after several days, and you can start to plant on them an inch or two deep on the soil. You should check regularly and plant in the morning and evening as the sprouting goes on so quickly.
- The seeds sprouts can be planted very closely together. You can plant them in the order of 2 inches within a row, and rows can be around 8 inches apart. There are types of sugar snap peas which do not require staking such as the Sugar Ann. However, you may want to run a string down each row to help them in place. If you using other types of sugar snap peas, you can build trellis such as the tomato trellis. Do weekly hoeing and picking out the weeds on your sugar snap peas rows.
- You can start to harvest your sugar snap peas when they are relatively full. The best way to cook the sugar snaps peas are cooked right away. Avoid keeping the pods in the refrigerator; the pods will lose their crispiness.