Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Gardening Carnival - Sugar Snap Peas
The first vegetable I wanted to explore for this week's Gardening Carnival are Sugar Snap Peas. These peas are our family's favorite veggie. I was nervous that I would find out that it was genetically modified but as far as I can tell it isn't. Yay! So I plan on ordering a packet from Seed Savers.
I'm going to format my notes in the following way to be able to go back for future referencing:
Seeds/SqFt - 8
Growing Season - Spring, Fall
Indoor seed starting - No, doesn't transplant well.
Earliest Outdoor Planting - 5 weeks before last spring frost, which is usually May 11th.
Location - Full sun in spring; shaded toward summer if possible.
Companions - Carrots, cucumbers, corn, beans, potatoes, turnips, and radishes, as well as many aromatic herbs.
Non-Companions - Onions, garlic, and gladiolus.
Sprouts - 10-15 days
Growing - Plant 1" deep
- Water & cover in plastic covered tunnel?
- Never let them dry out but keep the vines dry.
- Weed weekly
- Keep the vines trained up the vertical frame
- Mulch as weather gets warm
Weeks from seed to harvest - 10
Yield - 6 weeks
Harvesting - (Carefully with 2 hands) pick or cut pods off their stems. We'll surely eat them right in the garden!
If we find any brown overripe peas, which I doubt, we'll throw them into the compost pile. Or else it will cause the vine to stop producing which we definately don't want!
End of Season - Plow under or put in compost pile.
* How do you store the seeds from your harvest? I wouldn't want to put a big jar in the freezer with only a little bit of seeds in. I'm thinking maybe in a small ziplock bag but that might end up with lots of ice crystals in it. Or perhaps an homemade paper envelope with other seeds in envelopes in the jar would work better (since they would be like the seed packets)?
* I've read in a couple of places to mix presoaked seeds with legume inoculant powder for an added boost or a larger crop but I'm not sure if the inoculant powder is organic. Does anyone know? I probably won't do it since I've never done it before and it seems to turn out fine.
* Any tips? I've heard that you can spray old dishwater on corn to prevent bugs instead of spraying? Anything in particular you've done that works for peas?
* Am I missing anything?
Real Food Wednesday.