Peas of­fer­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Gardening -

WHETHER you are par­tial to the crunch of snow peas or the sweet lit­tle gems in­side sugar snap peapods, June is the per­fect time to get your pea patch started, says the team from Yates.

Climb­ing peas like snow and sugar snap are the ul­ti­mate space-saver ve­g­ies.

They can be grown along a trel­lis on a fence or up a te­pee or tri­pod, tak­ing up min­i­mal hor­i­zon­tal space.

They’re also great for grow­ing in pots, so you can grow climb­ing peas on a sunny ve­randa, court­yard or bal­cony.

They can be eaten whole (they’re a ter­rific in-gar­den snack), steamed, used fresh in sal­ads or added to stir fries. Kids love them too and a small hand­ful in their school lunch­box is an easy way to add more ve­g­ies into their diet.

Top tips for grow­ing snow and sugar snap peas from Yates

■ Both peas should be sown in a spot that re­ceives at least six hours of sun­shine a day. Sow seeds di­rect where they are to grow, be­side a trel­lis or sup­port, into damp soil that's been en­riched first with some dy­namic lifter soil im­prover and plant fer­tiliser. Sugar snap peas are a tasty treat.

■ Don’t wa­ter again for a few days, as pea seeds can rot if they’re too wet.

■ Seedlings should pop up in about 10 days and you can start har­vest­ing in 8 to 10 weeks. Both va­ri­eties are pro­lific crop­pers, so you should have lots of tasty peas for sev­eral months.

■ To en­cour­age a great har­vest, as soon as the seedlings are es­tab­lished start feed­ing each week with fer­tiliser boosted with ex­tra potas­sium, which pro­motes flow­er­ing and pod de­vel­op­ment.

■ Keep pick­ing pods reg­u­larly, which helps pro­long the har­vest.

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