Timeframe for Snap Peas

lindainpdxJanuary 1, 2013

Hello! I am in the midst of planning my garden for this season and wondering how long sugar snap peas typically stay in the ground for? I am in zone 8, Portland OR. I plan to plant in February, and am wondering if they'll be done in time for me to pull then plant tomatoes in June/July or if I should allocate a spot for the peas so they can produce longer than that. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Take a look at "Growing Your Own" a pub from Oregon State University


Planting dates are on page 7. Portland is in Region 2.

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing Your Own - from Oregon State University

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 2:04PM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

I think a lot depends upon the weather. If it stays cool then the peas keep producing. One thing we do is dig a trench where the peas are going to be planted. Over the winter we put the kitchen compost into this trench and cover it with soil. Plant the seeds in this and you'll get an amazing crop. Happy New Year.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 3:04PM
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99% of PDX gardeners plant tomatoes by May; June requires patience (but is a good time) and July is too late for tomato planting.

IF spring 2013 returns to normal after some year's absence, peas would be largely through in June. Note that a tomato planting does not require much initial space; pull one pea plant or leave a 16" diameter void in your pea planting and overlap the crops by a month.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 9:06PM
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George Three LLC

you have to feel out both tomatoes and peas.

i like to plant pea starts AND put pea seeds in soil as soon as there is a nice mild stretch in late feb/early march.

also, its not the worst thing in the world to pull out still producing pea plants. if they butt up against tomatoes, just yank them.

as for tomatoes, i don't bother growing from seed. i buy as big as possible plants (i get them from marbott's or freddies-- usually $4 or so for a #1 container) and plant them out at the first warm stretch starting mid/late may. if it gets to june before a warm stretch i'll put them in the first week or so.

if you get them in any earlier and they experience a bunch of 42 degree nights they will quit growing.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 10:58PM
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laurell(8 - Washington)

I intend to plant peas as well as this crazy italian heirloom summer squash that does best when grown on a trellis in the same spot. I'll just throw the squash seeds in around May 1st and count on cutting back the peas instead of tearing them out like I usually do. We'll see how badly I screw it up.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 7:17PM
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