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Ideal Timing for Planting Snow Peas in Melbourne

Knowing when and how to plant snow peas is essential for a successful harvest.

Snow peas are a staple in many Melbourne gardens, offering both aesthetic appeal and culinary delight. Knowing when and how to plant them is essential for a successful harvest.

Let’s explore the best practices for planting snow peas in Melbourne’s unique climate.

Melbourne’s Climate and Snow Peas

Melbourne’s temperate climate, with its mild winters and warm summers, is ideal for snow peas.

These plants prefer cooler conditions and can experience stress in temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius.

Therefore, snow peas grow best in the winter months in Victoria.

When to Plant Snow Peas in Melbourne

In Melbourne, or elsewhere in Victoria, the recommended planting window for snow peas is from March or April through to August.

This period aligns with their preferred temperature range of 15 to 24 degrees Celsius.

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Why This Window?

  • Temperature Suitability: Melbourne’s winter provides the cool conditions snow peas thrive in.
  • Reduced Stress: Avoiding the heat of summer ensures healthier growth.
  • Fewer Pests: Cooler months typically see fewer garden pests.

Snow Pea Planting Tips

  1. Soil Preparation: Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil with a pH of around 6 to 7. Loosen the soil to a depth of 30 cm before planting.
  2. Planting Depth: Sow seeds 2 cm deep in damp soil. Avoid immediate watering post-planting to prevent rot.
  3. Germination: Seeds typically germinate within 10 days.
  4. Support: As climbers, snow peas benefit from a trellis or bamboo teepee for support.

Care for Snow Peas

Snow peas have a unique ability to fix nitrogen into the soil, reducing the need for fertilisation.

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However, regular watering is essential once the seedlings reach 5 to 10 cm in height. Ensure that the soil remains moist but not waterlogged.

Harvesting Tips

Harvest snow peas when the pods are about 5 cm long but still flat. They should snap easily when bent.

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Regular harvesting encourages the plant to produce more pods.

If you have an abundance, you can blanch and freeze them for later use.

Conclusion

By planting snow peas between March and August and following the care and harvesting tips, Melbourne gardeners can ensure a garden filled with fresh, crisp snow peas. Proper planting and care will result in a rewarding harvest.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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