Planting sweet peas is a great start off for your home vegetable garden.
Sugar snap peas are unique to me; because I had neither eaten nor grew them before I came to Netherlands.
One day I saw these sweet peas were sold in one of the supermarket during our regular weekly marketing. These are something different and I wanted to taste them. However, the price was pretty high; when I compared it to the rest of the snap beans.
Afterwards, I understood from my mum-in-law that, such a type of vegetable was never in her vegetable shopping list. I was even more curious; so, I bought it for the first time.
Sugar peas is also known as Sugar snap peas and pole beans (Peulen in Dutch). These peas are very sweet; especially the fresh harvests from your own vegetable garden.
Growing peas is very interesting and fun. If you have a mini greenhouse or a cold frame, you can sprout the pea seeds as early as; in the late winter days.
How to Start
Growing sweet peas is easy; and the sweet pea flower is really charming. They are in dark and light purple colours. No matter how small is your garden space, you should never exclude this pea plants from your vegetable list.
Peas are belong to the legumes group. I guess you already knew that, these plants will extract their own favourite plant food from the air. You need to provide only rain water and a good drainage of warm soil; the rest will be taken care by the nature.
When near the end of the growing season, I was happy to watch the little birds playing around with our pea plants and searching around for their favourite insects.
After their visits, I discovered that, they had eaten some and destroyed some of the newly grown young pods from these vines. So, they can also be considered as one of the garden pest.
Harvest in late spring to mid summer when the peas in the pods are clearly shown. Normally it will take about 60 days from sowing to the first harvest.
Try a brand new edible gardening idea and occupy your frugal garden with these supper sweet vegetables plants?