How to Plant Sugar Snap Peas


Sugar snap peas are tasty vegetables offering many nutritional benefits such as protein, fiber, vitamin C, iron, potassium and magnesium. Along with being a table favorite, snap peas are also a gardener's favorite. Sugar snap peas can be planted early in the season, as they enjoy cool soil temperatures, and they produce a harvest for weeks during the gardening season. Ensure plants are cared for and healthy.

Step 1

Till the soil with a hoe or rototiller. Sugar snap peas don't mind cool temperatures as long as the soil is at least 45 degrees F.

Step 2

Prepare a shallow row for the peas, no more than 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep. If you will be planting more than one row, allow 1 1/2 to 2 feet between rows. If you are planting a vine or climbing variety of sugar snap peas, then your row needs to be next to a fence or trellis to offer support for growing vines. The bush variety does not require support.

Step 3

Lay pea seeds in the rows spacing 2 inches apart. Cover the seeds with dirt so the planting depth is 1 1/2 inches.

Step 4

Water the rows with the "shower" setting on your garden hose or with a shower nozzle on a watering can.

Step 5

Place mulch around the plants as soon as seedlings begin to appear. This will help keep soil temperatures cool.

Tips and Warnings

  • Harvest the sugar snap peas every one to three days--longer and they can lose flavor and texture.

Things You'll Need

  • Hoe
  • Water hose or watering can
  • Support or fencing for vine variety


  • University of Illinois Extension: Watch Your Garden Grow
  • Ohio State University Extension: Growing Peas
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About this Author

A freelance writer for over 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.