Growing sugar snap peas
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
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.
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.
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.