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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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August 6, 2015 - 7:17 am

My Sugar Snap Peas produced nicely this season.  I picked my last meal of peas today and used for a stir fry. YUMMY.  A month ago I started to leave a couple of vines set seed. All that means is I didn't pick off of that vine when I saw mature peas.  I let them dry (turn a tan color).  Now I will have my next years seed. 

The first week in July I started more pea seed, using the PAPER TOWEL METHOD of GERMINATION.  As soon as they germinated (4 days), I planted them in the ground.  They are now a few inches high.  The problem is that they are not getting enough sun. They are being shaded out by the Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans.  :0( 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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April 29, 2016 - 8:45 am

I started my Sugar Snap Peas 4-13 by soaking the seed for 24 hours in a bowl of water. I then use the old reliable PAPER TOWEL METHOD for germinating the seed.  Three days later I check for sprouting. I plant the sprouted seeds into cell packs.  Checking them every couple of days and planting them when sprouted.  On 4-23 I started more seeds.  The first germinated seeds are a few inches tall.  I will be planting them outdoors in a couple days.  My first harvest always has been around June 21 or so. 

This year I planted Sugar Snap Peas, Sugar Snap Pole Peas and Sugar Snap MY saved seeds. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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May 12, 2016 - 7:28 am

I transplanted the first set of peas into my garden on April 25.  The second set of peas I transplanted into a different garden on May 5.  Both are doing nicely.  I used twigs to help trellis them.  Temps and rain have been good.  BUT the forecast in a few days could get around 32F. It is said that peas can take it.  Sure hope so.  They are one of our favorite veggies. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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April 25, 2017 - 10:33 pm

I had a small goal of planting some sugar snap peas early this year.  I planted my first planting of 44 pea seeds on April 8 and they are growing!!  I planted them in a new bed (it has perennials, annual flowers, and veggies) on the east side of my house.  I will watch this year to see how vegetables do in the limited sunlight.  I plan to try pole beans, cucumbers, broccoli, and tomatoes.  The photo I want to attach just keeps showing sideways - sorry.IMG_5849-Copy-3.JPG

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Lark
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April 26, 2017 - 5:52 pm

Hi Carol Jean.  I think you have a good idea.  The east sun won't be so hot.  How many hours of sun does it get?  I direct sowed my sugar snap peas this year too, on April 10.  They are a couple inches high.  Yesterday I directed sowed some more sugar snap peas.  Hopefully I will have a longer bloom time, if it doesn't get too hot, too quick. 

Looks like you have a nice trellis for them to vine on.  Much easier for us to pick.  Smile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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June 21, 2017 - 8:36 am

I have success - I picked my first sugar snap pea.  Just one, more are coming.  But this is what I observed.  My second succession planting was May 5 and those plants started blooming just a week later than the April 8 planting.  They are different varieties but both packages said they were 68 days to harvest.  They have different sun exposure also.  So I'm thinking in my central Wisc yard it doesn't pay to start that early; I think I will try later April next year.  Then again if next April is warmer, I'll change my mind again!

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Lark
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June 23, 2017 - 7:50 am

I am with you, not starting them too early.  My first set of sugar snap peas, Sugar Daddy, have a short vine only 2 foot tall.  They are tough.  I thought the package said tender???  I think I will be shelling them.  Another variety which I saved the seeds from last year have a long vine 5' or so.  They are starting to 'puff' up a little and hope to do a taste test soon.  We LOVE sugar snap and it looks like I am not going to have enough to freeze.  I think I will start some more seeds and hope they make it through the summer heat.  In years past I have planted more seeds in late July and they never matured by the time a frost came or it was too hot and the seeds coming up didn't like it.  But I am going to try again. 

Good luck with your harvest.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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June 23, 2017 - 9:02 am

So sorry to hear about your experience with Sugar Daddy.  I planted them for the first time this year because of the shorter vine.  The taller vine varieties end up shading too much of the rest of the garden.  I'll watch mine and maybe pick earlier in hopes they will be more tender.  The 9' row of peas I planted in my new bed a week ago are more Sugar Daddy - oh well.  I also grow Oregon Sugar pod peas (the flat oriental style) and they have a 28" - 30" vine.

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Lark
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June 26, 2017 - 6:20 am

I did try picking early and they were still stringy and tough.  So this morning I shelled the ones I did pick.  That is A LOT of work for a person who is having 'carpal tunnel' trouble.  I am going to pull the vines out and start some new seed some time this week.  Wish me luck.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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July 8, 2017 - 11:06 am

My first planting of Sugar Daddy snap peas are in bloom but I haven't had a chance to try them yet. I bought my seed from Botanical Interest so I'm "hoping" they might be better than your experience.  The 9 ft row I planted late did not come up well so if they are not good I will pull them.  Could I replant with green beans (bush) in mid July?

My earliest plantings (April 8 and May 4) of sugar snap peas are doing well and now are approaching 7' tall.  I will need a small ladder to pick them. Do you know the name of your 5' variety?  I did more research for what to try next year.  I've read about cascadia; do you have any experience with that variety?  I know I planted them several years ago and I wasn't pleased but I don't remember specifically why.IMG_6083-Copy.JPGImage Enlarger

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