Beginner’s mistake: pruning the sugar snap peas too late

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Despite best efforts, the sugar snap peas grew to 2.5m and then fell over
Despite best efforts, the sugar snap peas grew to 2.5m and then fell over

As I’ve consistently highlighted, I’m making this up as I go, having never had the opportunity to have a real garden before. Of course, that’s the fun of it.

One lesson now learnt: don’t wait until the sugar snap peas grow to the top of the frame before tip-pruning them. The result is that they keep growing, and keep growing, and then fall over. As you can see from the picture above, this looks more like something from Doctor Who rather than a productive collection of peas ready for the picking.

By contrast, the snow peas were a great disappointment at the outset, barely growing at all.To my surprise, when they did start growing, they started producing peas from the outset. Despite being only a foot and half high, they’ve produced more snow peas than the giant pea plants of doom.

My approach for next year: start tip-pruning the sugar snap peas when they get half way up the frame. Hopefully that will generate more peas, and less greenery.

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One thought on “Beginner’s mistake: pruning the sugar snap peas too late

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