young boy outside holding sugar snap pea from vine

Sugar Snap Peas of Mind: How to Grow Sugar Snap Peas in a Pot to Create a Mini Zen Garden

We could all do with a little extra peas of mind here and there, which is why we are so peased to tell you that our all-new Plant Bars are made with plant-based ingredients including -- you guessed it -- peas!

Now, knowing that you’re likely a protein bar aficionado, this might raise a few questions for you such as, “Do plants have protein?” or even “What is plant-based protein?”. We’re here to tell you that yes, plants do have protein and some people even choose to get their entire recommended daily amounts from purely plant-based foods.

Phew! Now that we’ve got that off our chest, we thought it would be fun to celebrate the power of plants with a little step-by-step on how to create your own little plant garden with potted sugar snap peas. You in? Then let’s begin.

STEP 1: PEASED TO MEET YOU 

We’re sorry -- the puns just keep on rollin’ around here. But we do think it’s a good idea to get to know your plants before you eat them, so let’s start with a few basics. Sugar snap peas are sweet and juicy, and you can eat the entire pod. They deliver two grams of protein for every serving of 1 ⅓ cup of peas and are easy to grow in pots. That’s the short version.

STEP 2: FIND A POT. ANY POT. A RECYCLED POT? YAY! 

Find a pot that has good drainage and that is at least 12 inches wide. Make some additional holes in the bottom if needed so those roots don’t drown. Now for the Zen part… Gather some of your favorite things to surround your potted peas with. Think mini Buddha statues, crystals, polished rocks, and maybe even a miniature water feature. You never know, your peas may even benefit from all that serenity in their wake. 

STEP 3: SOW YOUR SEED (clean minds, peas) 

It’s a good idea to start your garden by soaking your seeds for 24 hours before planting them, but either way you should sow your seeds about one inch deep and two inches apart. Cover them well (they will appreciate a layer of mulch or compost at the top) and water. 

STEP 4: SET THEM UP FOR SUCCESS 

Because sugar snap peas are climbers, it’s a good idea to create a support with bamboo sticks or some kind of stake in the middle of the pot. You’ll also want to keep them in a lightly shaded area until they have germinated (which should take two to four weeks) before moving them to full sun (preferable 60-75 degrees). And don’t forget to water regularly! 

STEP 5: PICK 'EM AND EAT 'EM 

Now for the fun part. Harvest your peas before they are fully swollen, and then decide how to eat your sugar snap peas. Will it be au naturel as a snack, or will you add them to a stir fry, an Asian-inspired noodle dish, or a garlicky-sesamey-side? So many choices for these sweet little green peas. 

Easy peasy? We think so!  

 

PS: If you happen to feel an overwhelming urge to grow your own potted pea plants, we’d love to see them. Tag #RXBAR for a chance to be featured.