Growing sugar snap peas

Oct 25, 2016 | Home & Garden | 14 comments

Beans and peas are relatively easy to grow, making them a good choice for a first-time gardener or a new garden plot. Follow these instructions to grow peas! Fresh peas from a farmers’ market will work fine! Fresh ones from the supermarket might work, but the exact variety probably won’t be listed and many will fail to sprout. Frozen or canned beans and peas are useless. For dried beans, test them first:

Grow peas in a Jar!

If you’re heading out into the garden to plant some seeds with your little ones, I really recommend germinating a couple of seeds in a glass jar. While the seeds sit hidden in the soil, the glass jar gives the child a little window into what is happening, maintaining their interest in the project for longer. All you need for this easy activity is: A glass jar or bottle Some cotton wool balls/ wads Seeds!
Stuff a jar with cotton wool balls or paper napkins, give these a water until the paper is damp all over, and then carefully slot peas, at 2cm intervals, around the side.  This way children can watch the germination of the seed take place rather than just seeing the shoot above ground. If you do multiple seeds, label the jars. Then place them by the window and wait. After a couple days, you will see them start to sprout!
After about a week, they will really start to grow! The seeds are able to grow from the sunlight and water, but they only lasted for about three weeks before they started to wither and die. After one week or so, some of the peas should have sprouted nicely.  This one is ready to plant.
In a sunny spot work over an area of soil. Make 4 small holes and plant about 3 or 4 peas. Plant the sprouted peas root down. Water every day or so to keep soil moist but not soggy.
Although peas typically want full sun, which is defined as at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, they also prefer cooler climates. If you live in a hot area, plant your peas in an area that either gets dappled sunlight throughout the day or is shaded during the hottest hours. Remember: If you provide too much nitrogen in the form of fertilizer, the vines will get big but there will be fewer peas to harvest.
So fun to see them grow so tall and to see the peas start to grow on the plant.
Water them at least daily – and more often if it’s dry, but remember that too much water is as harmful as too little. To test the soil, push your finger into the ground. If it gets it wet/muddy, you’re using too much water; it should be damp to dry.
Let a few pods mature completely near the end of the growing season. Assuming you liked the variety, you can use the seeds to plant again next year.

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