Adventures with snap peas

The snap peas in the photo are “Golden Sweet.” I ordered them from Baker Seeds,  and apparently they were originally discovered at a market in India.

I grow snap peas every year, and I am always rather late in planting them. Around here, people start planting around St. Patrick’s day, but I never get around to mine until April. I like to try new varieties every year, because that’s how I find new favorites. Golden Sweet is definitely one of them, and I will plant it every year from now on.

Here’s what I like about it: It’s delicious, pretty, especially when I mix it with a green favorite like “Carouby de Maussane,” it germinated way faster than any I have grown before, and it has produced like mad for a month now, even in hot weather.

The plants are extremely robust. I inoculated at planting, but I have given them no special treatment other than the occasional cursory watering. If you’re looking for something a bit different that still performs reliably, you might want to check this one out.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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7 Responses to Adventures with snap peas

  1. Donna B. says:

    I second this!
    This year was my first time trying the “Golden Sweet” as well, and in Northern NJ it grew very well! I only recently pulled it all up just to make room for the winter squash. I’ll be replanting it in containers for fall harvesting so I can keep a better eye on them too, hehe.


    • dirtynailz says:

      Great idea about the containers. Tell me, do you always plant winter squash now? What varieties do you grow? I would love to replace my peas with some, but I’m afraid it won’t have time to ripen. NJ and RI are about the same zones, aren’t we?


      • Donna B. says:

        We’re close enough, I believe! hehe. [Except for this lack of rain.. guhhh!]
        This is actually the first year I’m testing it out. Normally I’m rushing in the early summer and then I forget to plant my basement seedlings. Although this is the year of the summer squash – my tomato production is really pitiful [the opposite last year…. 50lbs of tomatoes and only two yellow crookneck and one butternut!]
        I’m trying out the “Black Futsu” variety. If I remember right, it matures in “60~75 days”, I know I’m pushing it but hopefully the winter snap will make them even sweeter!
        I normally grow just Butternut and Acorn squashes. BUt I have this weird hybrid, it MUST be a butternut/sherbert watermelon mix, cuz’ the fruit are shaped like butternut, but the rind is a dark mottled green and pale yellow flesh that is slightly sweet even raw. I can’t wait to make pies with them. Mwahaha.
        Maybe just plant the squash UNDER the peas… and by the time they’re done the seedlings will be ready to go gangbusters? Doesn’t hurt to try!


  2. Auntie Beak says:

    stunning new header photo, dn. from your trip to new york?


  3. Daniel says:

    Really it was nice article about the adventure on snap peas! this article helps me to do peas plantation in my garden. Thanks for the post.


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