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I planted snow peas in my garden this year. I don't really know what to expect, being that I'm in zone 7b/8a, but thought I'd give it a shot. I've amended my soil perfectly, planted the seeds according to directions, with the exception that I am probably a little late planting them. Our last frost date in March 24th here. Peas have only been in the ground for a week now, but they are popping through the soil.
Do you think they will be able to produce pods in time before the heat comes on? Right now we have temps in the low to mid 50s at night, and high 70s-low 80s during the day. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks folks!
Snow peas do best here overwintered. Planted in mid November. Spring plantings are iffy as they 1. are not really early maturing ( 60-70 days) and 2. tolerate heat even less than English or Sugar Snaps.
behillman, the term "sugar" is often applied to the the flat podded oriental "snow" pea and to the round fleshy edible podded sugar snap pea. It is up to you to determine which you have.
I plant which-ever sugar snap pea that the display rack has in stock...I don't use any particular cultivar. For a trellis, I use sections of cattle panel wire cut in 3-foot lengths (makes a 3' vertical x 4' long section). One 16' panel makes 5 sections of trellis. I trim the bottom cross-bars off, so that there are 6" vertical spikes on the bottom of the wire section. I press those into the ground, then tie sections together with plastic cable ties. I sometimes add a short (4-foot) U-post at the joints and cable-tie the post to the wire for extra support if the vines are extra heavy or if there is a very windy spell.
In this photo, you can't see the section of wire in the ground, or the top row of the wire panel.
Dthor--yes, the picture is today. The peas are 60 DTM and were planted Feb 28th.
Linda--the panels are only 3' high (I turned them sideways.) The 6 inches in the ground is a decent support. If they start to look iffy, then I add the metal U-shaped fence posts with 1 foot in the ground, and the other 3 feet tied to the cattle panel. As far as I know, all cattle panels are galvanized. The "wire" is really about 1/4" metal rod. I have to cut with a bolt cutter.
This year I've found mostly "bush" style sugar snap and snow peas available as seeds. I personally like them taller, as I'm too lazy (and creaky) to bend over too far for harvest. My "trellis" is 2"x4" 5ft fencing between Tbars, But raised up about 6" off the ground. Seems tall enough, at least has been before.
I have some aluminet shade cloth, does anyone think would that help cool them a little since I planted them so late?
Thanks everyone for your help. FarmerDill! You practically live in my backyard. Nice to meet you! I primarily like to do flowers, but for the past few years I have been obsessed with heirloom tomatoes. This is my first year that I've done a veggie garden since I've been down here, and it's very different from my previous zone 6 gardening.
Honey, the chicken wire will work but it has to be up off the seeds about 4" or so. I place the wire on top of my square foot beds so it's up off the seeds by about 4". If you lay it flat on the seeds, the birds can still get to the seeds.
G Girl, My snow pea trellis is strings suspended by a pipe shaped like an up-side-down U. This is illustrated in Square Foot Garden by Bartholomew. My pole bean trellis is a teepee made of poles about 7-8 ft tall tied together at the top with wire.
Update on snowpeas in the south: Since this is my first time growing snowpeas, I don't know what the average harvest is, but out of 30 snowpea plants we had about 20-25 pods per plant so far. They are still producing, some more than others.
Since my pecan tree leafed out, one half of the snowpea row is now in the shade from about 1:00pm until the next morning. The ones that are in the shade are still producing as robustly as they did when they started. The shaded plants are also the tallest-one of them is over 5ft.
So I think the trick for growing them in the south is part shade. I know they really aren't suited for this climate, but I do love me some snowpeas!
HoneyB, what kind of sugar snaps did you use? My snow peas did well, but the sugar snaps (cascadia) never really grew. The biggest problem I run into when looking for seeds in either snow or sugar snap is that I don't care for the bush varieties. I'm too old to bend over so much *G*.
I grow regular English peas and start them very early (like Feb/March). Wando variety is supposed to be able to handle cold and heat better. This year, I grew Wando and Alaska. They are growing like crazy and producing like crazy!