Growing Sweet Peas Parts 1 & 2

| April 4, 2014 | 5 Replies

Growing Sweet Peas was my main preoccupation with my third winter garden. I grew four varieties last year and had such good luck, I tripled the number of vines and doubled the number of varieties. In other words, I went for broke!

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Sugar sweet pea blossom

All through December, I had gorgeous white and magenta blossoms.

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Purple Magnolia Sweet Pea blossom

Beginning of January, I was harvesting sweet and snow peas.

Growing Sweet Peas-green peas

Sweet Peas

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Purple Magnolia Sweet Pea

Then, by late January, the vines, some worse than others, were attacked by fungus. I thought it was powdery mildew for awhile, but now I am not so sure.

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Spotted and shriveled pea vines

Please watch Growing Sweet Peas Part 2 and let me know what you think! If you have advice about growing sweet peas in a microclimate by the Pacific Ocean, PLEASE let me know! Thanks! And I hope you will share with others who care about growing their own food and knowing where their food comes from.

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Category: Cool Season, Late Bloomer Episodes, Urban Gardening, Vegetables

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  1. Linda McNary says:

    Thanks for sharing always love the videos.

  2. lisa lynn says:

    Hi Kaye,
    The common name Sweet Pea refers to ornamental annual vines with pretty flowers (Lathyrus species) that are not edible. Our garden peas (snow peas and shelling peas) are what you plant in your veggie garden. The botanical name is Pisum sativa and there are many varieties.

    Powdery mildew grows best when your garden has cool nights and warm days. Provide good air circulation, plant resistant varieties, and water the soil (not the leaves of the plant) to help prevent infection. Once the plants show signs of powdery mildew, you can spray them with water with milk and baking soda. 1 quart of water with 1 tsp baking soda and 1/3 cup milk…mix well and spritz the affected plants during the warm, dry part of the day.

    Best wishes with your pea plants!

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