How to grow sugar snap peas in a garden

Updated February 21, 2017

A cross between a mangetout and a garden pea, sugar snap peas grow on a vine reaching typically about 4 feet high. Sugar snap peas provide a good source of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A and vitamin C. When growing sugar snap peas, expect your plant to produce nutritious pea pods in 70 to 75 days. Plant this cool season, frost-hardy vegetable in early spring as soon as the ground is workable or in midsummer for a fall harvest.

Prepare the ground by tilling it with a rake or tiller. Work in rows to a depth of 8 inches.

Add 1 to 2 inches of compost, manure or an equal combination of both and peat moss to the top of the soil. Incorporate it into the soil by tilling the area again, working to the same depth.

Plant peas 1 inch deep, 1 inch apart with 18 to 24 inches between rows.

Place some type of vining support - -about 6 feet high -- behind each row of peas. Choose from trellises or netting secured to stakes or poles.

Water the soil daily, unless it rains. Keep the soil evenly moist.

Pull weeds by hand around plants as soon as they emerge, especially during the first six weeks when plants are establishing roots.

Place a layer of hay or straw around each plant once the vines start to climb.

Pick peas every one to three days once the pods start to appear fat, but before the seeds grow. Sugar snap peas left on the vine too long will turn tough.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake or tiller
  • Compost, manure or peat moss
  • Trellis or netting and stakes
  • Hay or straw
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