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1. Azomite seems wonderful ,,, "dirt" is the same mix of rotted manure/sand/small wood chips from last year. I have moved all "nightshades" to get better sun and air-flow from last year ... but crazy wonderful growth/flowering of everything and squash! Only spread light scattering of azomite and bone meal over surface of 30-gal planting bags.
2. Cutting off lower leaves from cabbage seems to hinder slugs, but I also spread coffee grounds/egg-shells at the same time.
3. All my "snow/sugar pod" peas are VERY stringy when eating ... both varieties, even tho I'm picking them small and they have a little shade.
4. Pulled up bolted/flea-beetle destroyed ... what to plant now with 70-day maturity? Already have planted 2nd crop bush beans.
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Maybe the snow peas need to have the strings removed before cooking like with string beans?

Mary Beth Alexander said what to plant now with 70-day maturity?



Here are some threads that may offer some suggestions:

https://permies.com/t/142450/Planning-Fall-Garden

https://permies.com/t/89509/Fall-Garden-Planning

 
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When I eat sugar snap peas I break off the stem end and use it to peel off a string that runs down the top of the pea.   I doubt it's a zone 4 thing though....
 
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Snow peas seem to actually be pretty stringy according to my Googling efforts. Some say it gets worse with higher temps.
I'm gonna shell the "sugar pods" and not plant them again. I have done as Mike suggested - pulling down a string with the stem on the snow peas - to little avail.
In my research, many people cut them diagonally or whatever - at least you wouldn't get a big wad in your mouth!
Probably should've waited to post this until I knew the names of my varieties, but they are common and highly reviewed.
Just sent for a different snow pea, which I also can't remember .... but will try for Fall and repost all the names. Thanks everybody!
 
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I'm growing edible pod peas ("sugar snap peas") for the first time. My soil is deadly alkaline but they're doing okay. It said on the seed website, and indeed I find it to be true, that they are sweeter when picked NOT when small like snow peas, but if you wait till they are full and round. I string them on both sides, one side from each end. They are not too fibrous, but they are not as sweet as I expected. But I like them.

I got purple snap pea seeds from Johnny's, and when I boil them, the water turns a gorgeous blue. (I boiled herbal tea leaves into it and added ice cubes because it was an irresistible color, but it didn't taste as good as it looked. And when I added lemon it turned bright pink!)
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Boiling purple snap peas turned the water a beautiful blue
Boiling purple snap peas turned the water a beautiful blue
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