Very early, erect, dwarf plants 18" tall produce amazing numbers of 3" pods in groups of two to three. Ready to pick 58 days after seed is sown. CULINARY HINT! Eat entire pods; pick when peas are just forming. Prepare like snap beans. The sweet pods are delicious stir-fried or cooked just a few minutes so that they remain crisp.
Sow in average soil in full sun in early spring for first crop, in late summer for fall crop. Sow seeds 2" apart in double rows spaced 6" apart with 24" between each set of rows. Cover with 2" of fine soil. Support shorter peas on small stakes or a pea fence, or taller kinds on a pea tower or trellis netting. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
How to Grow
Thin to stand 4-6" apart when seedlings are 1-2" high. Peas may need extra water under dry conditions, but they often mature before dry weather sets in. They do not perform well in overly wet conditions, and the seeds can rot in wet soil before they germinate. Coat untreated seed with an inoculant. After you have grown the seed once, the beneficial bacteria in the inoculant can survive in the soil.
Harvest snow peas when the pods are 3-5" long and before the peas inside mature. They are usually ready about a week after the flowers bloom. Snow peas must be picked frequently, or they will become overripe. If they swell too much, harvest and shell them as you would garden peas.