From the Garden with Fi Morgan: Last Chance for Snowpeas

From the Garden with Fi Morgan explores growing snow peas in the Bellingen Shire.

While peas don’t tend to grow so well in the Bellinger valley area (they tend to do really well until about flowering time then suddenly wither to nothing), snowpeas are go!

Snowpeas aren’t fond of warm weather and will die off as spring warms up. If you haven’t planted them yet, there’s still a couple of weeks to get them in with enough cool weather growing time for them to produce an edible crop of pods for you to enjoy. The leaves are edible too, especially the smaller growing tips.

These are plants that need a trellis. Some of them will reach two metres high. Set this up before you plant. They are easy to germinate from seed as most larger seeds are. Soak them overnight before planting (if you remember) and then do not overwater while you wait for them to come up. They rot easily. In fact, plant them into barely damp soil. They are an easy plant to grow. They almost grow themselves and when the snowpea pods start you’ll need to keep an eye on them daily because they grow so quickly.

The seeds are also easy to save. I like to mark the first and largest pods from the healthiest looking plants. Normal people might tie a ribbon or a twist tie on the pod stem as markers, but I like my annual chance to be like Alice in Wonderland and I head out into the garden with a paintbrush and some blue poster paint. Eat other snowpeas but not these ones. Let your marked pods stay on the plant until they turn brown and start rattling. Then harvest, make sure they are dry (don’t cook them!!) and store until next year in a cool dry spot that weevils and rodents can’t get into. Then you’re on your way to your very own line of snowpeas well adapted to your backyard.

Just in case you’ve missed Fi’s previous tips ‘From the Garden’………

Pigeon Peas Are The Go

It’s Time for Fruit Trees

All Things Brassicas

Planting for Winter in the Bellingen Shire

Where to Place Your Veggie Bed

Building a Garden

Feed the Soil Part 1

Feed the Soil Part 2

What Grows Well in Pots

And don’t forget to check out Fi’s stunning artwork- the Garden Series HERE

One Comment

  • Mindy says:

    Thanks Fi for all your ongoing garden tips and tricks. I’ve learnt a lot and, bonus – just LOVE your drawings!

Leave a Reply