Snap Peas (Pisum sativum)
Saved (StellaLou Farm, Cochranville, PA)
Plant the pea seeds after the last spring frost, while the temperatures are between about 45 to 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Sugar snap peas, Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon, are an easy-to-grow, cool weather crop. Plant the seeds directly into the garden in a well-drained spot that gets full sun for most of the day.
Plant the pea seeds 1 to 1-1/2 inches deep and about 2 inches apart, with 18 to 24 inches between rows. Most varieties will sprout in seven to 10 days. This variety should be trellised. Since the pea tendrils will wrap around supports about 1/4-inch in diameter, add twine, string, small wire mesh or netting to the trellis to help them climb.
Pick the brown pods from the vines and remove the seeds. Separate seeds from the chaff. Seeds will require about six weeks of air-drying. Store peas in cool, dark, and dry places and always keep them in an airtight container to keep out moisture and humidity. Under these conditions, pea seeds will live 3-4 years.
StellaLou Farm originally purchased seeds from Fruition Seed, from those plants in 2021, these seeds were saved and replanted into the StellaLou garden in 2022 as well as shared here at the Little Free Seed Library.