Growing Snow Peas

From Timbuktu Chronicles Tue Feb 19 2013, 06:00:00

A Youth Agro-Environmental Initiative How To:

courtesy of USAID Canket International staff sort and grade snow peas for export.

Snow peas growing is a relatively recent introduction in Kenya .The plants are growing in importance due to demand and value in the export market mainly in Europe.Snow peas do well in upper and lower highlands at altitudes between 1,500-2,600m above sea level, and temperatures of 12º-20ºC with well distributed rainfall of 1,500-2,100 per year and well drained soils rich in organic matter .Purple flowered varieties of snow peas plants include dwarf grey, Oregon sugar pod while varieties with white flowers are mommoth melting sugar [giant variety], sugar snap, Toledo.Propagation involves ploughing land to a depth of 30 cm followed by harrowing to a fine tilth. The seed is directly sown into the field at a depth of 2.5-3cm and a seed rate of 50-60 kg/ha...[continue reading]

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