Easy Way to Grow Sugar Snap Peas

Sprouts, sprouts, everywhere…  My sugar snap peas are breaking through just 7 days after planting them. 

Sugar snap peas are one of these easiest veggies to grow.  I’ve had great success with sugar snaps year after year and have some tips to share with you.  Sugar snap peas are cool weather veggies.  Check the zones on the back of the seed packet, but they generally like to be planted in the early spring. 

For fool proof peas, you’ll need a trellis, a soaker hose, and sugar snap pea seeds.  See my post about preparing the garden to get yourself ready to plant. 

After you’ve dug your garden up, laid your soaker hose and installed your trellis, we prepare the seeds.  If you plant the seeds straight from the package into the ground you’ll probably lose 50% or more of the seeds to rot. 

A trick I learned is to sprout the seeds indoors to boost your success rate to 90%+.  Place your seeds on a dinner plate in between some paper towels.  Significantly wet the paper towels to soak the seeds, but don’t use so much water that it pools on the plate.  Every day, sometimes twice a day, check to see if the paper towels have dried out.  Keep adding water to the plate to keep the seeds moist.  After 4-6 days, the seeds will produce little roots. 

Here is a pic of the original dry seeds versus my rooted seeds. 

In the garden, I used a chopstick to drag a line all the way down my fence/trellis.  I followed up with my hand to create a trench about 2 inches deep.  Next, I dropped in my rooted seeds and covered them up with dirt.  With rooted seeds I normally plant every 1 – 2 inches and have less to thin out when they grow in.  For this year, I rooted way to many seeds and sort of scattered them all down the trench.  I’ll have to do some heaving pruning when they start growing to thin them out.

After planting I ran the soaker hose for 30 minutes and that’s about it.  A week later, voila! we have sproutage.  Check your garden throughout the week to see if you need to water before they sprout.  We were lucky to have a rainy week.

When they are a few inches high I will go back and thin out the seedlings per the directions on the seed packet.  As they grow, the peas will grow little tendrils that will cling to the trellis.  Sometimes I provide extra support by using twist ties to loosely secure the stalks here and there in the event of a bad storm.  Otherwise, I’ll water regularly and sit back until my  peas come in!

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