Sugar Snap Peas may be the EASIEST vegetable to grow in your vegetable garden beds & cooking sugar snaps peas could not be simpler! Sharing all the tips & tricks we learned growing them straight from our garden.
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Instructions for Growing Sugar Snap Peas
Growing Sugar Snap Peas from Seed
We grew our sugar snap peas from seed this past spring. I started the seeds indoors in a small table top greenhouse when it was still cold outside. It didn’t take long before the small wrinkled dried pea seeds started to sprout.
Planting Sugar Snaps in Raised Garden Beds
We waited till the weather warmed up (April in Pa – planting zone 6) & our raised garden beds were built to plant them in full sun in our veggie garden. See our raised garden beds HERE
I also added a few more seeds straight in the soil of our garden beds in case the chickens decided to give them a try.
Thankfully, they do not seem as interested in them as our strawberries & cherry tomatoes 🙂 Looks like we will be fencing in the rest of our tomatoes soon!
Height of Sugar Snap Vines
I used tall tomato cages & a newly built garden arbor for the sugar snap vines to climb. See our garden arbor HERE
The vines do not seem to grow much taller than 6 -7 feet in our garden so our tall tomato cages worked well for them to grow on & wrap around. I am hoping to have them climb both sides of our raised garden bed arbor in the future.
Harvesting & Picking Sugar Snap Peas
It did not take long before our sugar snaps were ready to harvest & enjoy! (a little more than 2 months)
I usually wait till our peas are full & plump before picking.
The Sugar Snap Peas we planted we completely care free! We had no issues with bugs or diseases on them. Thank goodness!
We were so happy with how easily & quickly growing snap peas was that we will be planting them again in August.
And the BEST part is that the kids kids really enjoy eating them as their vegetable at dinner. Unfortunately, I can’t say that about too many veggies in our garden. Sugar Snap Peas for the Win!
Sugar Snap Peas Recipe
Prep – 15 mins
Cook – 5 mins
Serving Size – 6
Sugar Snap peas are delicious straight from the garden but my kids seem to like them better sauteed for a few minutes on our stove.
We add fresh thyme from our garden to make this vegetable dish a little more special & give the peas even more flavor. Gotta love home grown recipes straight from the garden!
Ingredients for Cooking Sugar Snap Peas
- 1.5 lbs of sugar snap peas
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme
- 1.5 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
Instructions for Cooking Sugar Snap Peas
- Wash your Snap Peas & cut off the ends.
- Heat Olive Oil over medium high heat & add your peas, salt pepper & fresh thyme for 3- 5 minutes tossing regularly. The sugar snap peas are ready when they are warmed through yet still crispy. If they are starting to get mushy, you have cooked them too long!
- Serve & Enjoy Warm! Sprinkle a little more Salt on to Taste.
I hope your family enjoys growing & cooking sugar snap peas as much as ours does & let me know if you have any questions!
by Tara Lehman
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