However, since the Chinese adopted these peas into their cuisine they have become more widely known as snow peas. Snow peas need soil that is rich in phosphorus and potassium. If your soil is somewhat acidic, add wood ashes or ground limestone. Otherwise, add a fertilizer high in phosphate and potash. Snow peas perform best in soil with plenty of organic matter, which makes the soil moisture-retentive. Select a site in full sun and rotate peas annually to avoid blights and root rot. All snow peas need some sort of trellising, even the dwarf varieties. Be sure to put your trellising system in place when you sow the seeds to avoid disturbing the tender roots later. Keep snow peas well watered during dry spells and cultivate lightly between the rows to remove weeds. Don’t cultivate too near the peas, however, because their roots are extremely vulnerable. As soon as the peas have finished bearing, turn them under rather than pulling them. This provides nitrogen to other crops.
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