Growing Snow Peas, also Sugar Peas, Mangetout, Chinese Peas

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14 Mar 09 Jeff (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in Melbourne and have been growing snow peas for years, in autumn/winter. Just a few plants were enough to pick for a quick stirfry once a week , the pods were ready to pick just 3-4 days after flowering. I did break up the clay soil in my garden and dig in plenty of manure and organic matter. They are very susceptible to powdery mildew, typically, the new growth just about 'outrun' the mildew which would of course have started with the older growth. I don't use pesticides, but still managed to get a good crop. I am not an expert on mildews etc but to be on the safe side, I don't use the plants as mulch. They would need trellises and shelter from strong winds as the stems are very soft. Good luck.
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