Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Maple Hill Hop 67

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Today we're sharing how we plant sugar snap peas in containers.

 The peas out of the package look like a dried version of themselves.
All that's needed is the peas, a ruler and your index finger.

 The area where we planted these is partially shaded,
but still gets plenty of sunshine during the morning hours.

The pot covers are taken off of the containers
and any stray leaves or debris is removed.
Ready for planting!

 As I'm a rookie gardener,
I still need a little guidance.
The string line pulled across the pots
helps me to do a better job of lining up the plants.
We plant two rows in each pot,
one on each side of the container.

The seeds are placed every 2 inches or so,
and we end up with 8 holes on either side of the guideline.
 This is one crop that is directly sown into the pots.

Seeds are sown 1-1 1/2 inches deep and then covered with soil.
Watering in helps them get a good start.

Given the proper conditions, the seeds germinate readily,
usually within days of planting.
In a few weeks, the plants start soaring to the top of the trellis.

These crops are grown successively,
so that there will be many weeks of harvest.
On The Hill, we call this Peaville.
Every four weeks a new crop goes in,
so that the goodies just keep on comin'.
For the most part, we are able to enjoy peas
all winter long.

Once you see the lovely white flowers,
you know you'll soon be savoring these juicy, sweet morsels. 
Of course, they can be added to stir-fries, or sauteed in butter or olive oil and seasonings.
My favorite way is to add them to my daily salad
or use them to dip into homemade hummus or dairy-free ranch dressing.

Plan on adding sugar snap peas to your next garden,
whether you use containers or grow right in the ground.
You'll be so glad you did!

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