Just snow de­li­cious

Isis Town and Country - - Life - with Angie Thomas

SNOW peas are crisp and de­li­cious sweet pods that can be eaten whole. They are per­fect for us­ing fresh in sal­ads, lightly steamed or added to stir fries. They are also ideal as a school lunch box snack, par­tic­u­larly if the kids have helped grow and pick them.

Snow peas are climbers that can grow up to 2m tall, so they will need a fence, tri­pod or trel­lis for sup­port. Where pos­si­ble, po­si­tion the trel­lis run­ning north to

south for max­i­mum sun­light. Snow peas can also be grown in a pot, so they’re fan­tas­tic for a sunny bal­cony. It’s best to sow seed

di­rectly where they will grow. Wa­ter the seeds in af­ter sow­ing and then don’t wa­ter for a few days. Over-wa­ter­ing and wa­ter-logged soil can

lead to the seeds rot­ting. Snow pea flow­ers them­selves are quite dec­o­ra­tive. To en­cour­age lots of healthy growth and plenty of flow­ers and pods, fer­tilise regularly with potas­sium-for­ti­fied

fer­tilis­ers. Pick peas regularly to pro­mote a pro­longed harvest. Watch for snails and slugs while seedlings are small. A light scat­ter­ing of snail and slug pel­lets will easily

con­trol the dam­ag­ing pests. Win­ter is a per­fect time to sow snow peas and you could be har­vest­ing home-grown peas in only eight to 10

weeks. Happy grow­ing.

PHOTO: THINK STOCK

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