Sunday, June 28, 2009

Oregon Snow Pea

We have some of these growing in the garden. 


They are starting to get big enough that I need to go back and add a trellis for them to climb on.  We really should have put one in when we planted the seeds because now we need to work it in amongst all the plants already growing up.  And it’s gotten really hot here so we don’t want to spend a lot of time outside unless it’s next to a pool – working around all the leaves & branches of the other plants takes a little bit of time.


I remember growing these when I was a kid.  I’m not sure any ever made it into the house.  We’d be in the back yard playing and get hungry.  Over to the garden we’d go to the garden an pull up a carrot, pick some peas, or swipe some other yummy goodness and wash it off in the sprinkler.  A backyard garden is a win-win – parents get kids to eat health snacks & kids don’t have to take time out of playing to trudge inside for something to eat.


Category Vegetable
Common Name
  • Bush Snow Pea
  • Sugar Pea Pod
Formal Name type formal name here
Description This pea was developed by the University or Oregon to produce an abundant crop of 4” pea pods.


  • Eating Raw (excellent for getting dip into your mouth)
  • Stir Fry
Light Requirements

Full Sun 

Soil Requirements Rich, nicely composted
Water Requirements Average
Height 30” – 36”
Spread Rows should be at least 12” – 18” apart although 24” apart is ideal.
Growing Zone Will perform anywhere soil maintains a temperature of 50 degrees or more.
Harvesting Harvest about 68 days after sowing when pods are just getting firm.  As long as there are at least 68 days until frost, a second crop may be sown and harvested in the fall.
Fertilization As long as seeds are planted in decent soil, supplementing fertilizer about one week after planting should be sufficient
Growth Cycle Germination in 1 to 2 weeks; ready for harvest in 60 – 70 days.
Bloom Time NA
Bloom Color NA

Seeds  (dried peas)

Maintenance Level Low
Special Features
  • Freezes well with no loss of color (Place them on a cookie sheet and place in freezer.  Once frozen store them in the freezer in a re-sealable plastic bag).
  • The more you pick, the more you get.  Plant will continue to produce.
  • Will endure a light frost without protection.
Known Issues Will likely stop producing one the temperatures consistently reach 80 degrees or higher.
Planting Instructions Sow directly in garden about 2” below soil level and cover with garden soil.  Plant six inches apart in rows.  A trellis will help this vine-y plant grow to its fullest potential – only one is necessary for every two rows. 


chicamom85 said...

Nice post. I use to love to raid my Moms green house for tomatoes and beans.


MzzLily said...

My granddaughter loves sitting out back on the steps leading to the pool. I planted some chives along side them! She snacks on them while playing with the cats.

I used to pull leaf lettuce from the garden and green apples off the trees as a child... Yum!

I love fresh raw peas. I'll have to put some out next year.

SquirrelQueen said...

I was thinking about giving these a try until I got to the part about how they are likely to stop producing when the temps reach 80 degrees. That would be most of our summer.

I think of you everytime I'm deadheading my petunias, your words ring in my head and I remember your post. LOL Maybe next year I will try something different.

The Laughing Idiot said...

I had these planted before I knew about the 80 degree thing. You can see how big the plants are in the picture (obviously not producing yet) and we've hit the 90+ range on the thermometer and will stay there until September. We'll see how this comes out.

SquirrelQueen said...

I will be interested to know if they produce at those temperatures since that pretty much the same as ours.

Euroangel said...

i love to eat snow peas..thanks for sharing this info..wish to plant it next year in our garden...
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