Garden Update: Can I transplant Sugar Snap Peas to a Different Area in my Garden?

June 26, 2012

Sooo… Yeah – I got a bit ahead of myself when I was planning out my garden plots.  I didn’t read up enough before planning it all out, and to me: those seeds looked so small, and the space looked SO big!!I was excited for my raised bed vegetable garden, but I made a bit of a mistake with my spacing – especially with the Sugar Snap Peas.

garden box

I actually am laughing a little bit at myself here… seeing how I laid these all out… and how a few years of experience with a garden really makes a world of difference! 


One BIG thing to know when you’re planning your garden, is the heights of each plant..  That comes even BEFORE making sure that you’re planning the space relationships for each type of plant…

I planted according to what the internet said did well next to each other vs. the heights of the plants – which eventually meant that my Sugar Snap Peas were shading my peppers and Tomatoes.

garden bed

They were doing SO well, but they were almost 5ft tall.

peas in a garden

Also: you’ll notice that they were right in the sun in the middle of my garden… and Sugar Snap Peas apparently like cooler areas… so I think that might be why they were wilting a little in some areas:

wilting peas in garden

So I got the brilliant idea, that because the end of the new addition of the box garden was in partial shade – It would be the perfect location for my precious sugar snap babies…

So when we were building the addition – we installed a permanent trellis.

building a trellis

Then dug down deep, and transferred the peas….

transferring peas

It didn’t go as smoothly as I had imagined in my head.  Several of the stems broke at the base, and we had to tie the whole thing up to the trellis to keep them from flopping over.

sugar snap peas

I figured I’d wait a few days to see if they would pull through and live… and they even started sprouting flowers and several peas!

sugar snap peas

But ultimately, piece by piece, they all died…

peas didn't survive

It was too much for them Sad smile

I knew that they had started dying, from the bottom up to the top – so I started some new seedlings in their place, so they can grow back… but I think it’s going to be a while before we have any peas on our plates again.

pea seedlings

I must have Googled a hundred times before I finally decided to transfer the sugar snap peas – and every page I read said nothing about transplanting them… so here it is, Google:

Do NOT transplant or move your Sugar Snap Peas!

Lesson Learned.  Big Time.

I’d like to thank Foxy Bingo for making this post possible in the midst of my busy summer – I’m always happy to share my gardening with you, but can’t always justify the time it takes to write these posts!!



  1. Lessoned learned, but atleast your trying! I want to start a garden but haven’t yet 🙁

    • You should! it’s a lot of fun, really 🙂 It’s neat to learn all of this stuff – it makes me appreciate produce in the store that much more!

  2. Oh no, when I started I got a book called:
    The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!
    by Carleen Madigan
    It was a huge help when planning everything out.
    I think we should have a garden party!

  3. judy gregory says:

    several years ago on pbs was a program called square foot gardening. find a copy of this book. it shows exactly what, where and how to plant this type of garden. for example how to plat lettuces, radishes etc at the bottom of around things that need space like tomatoes. everything you will need will be in this one book.i grew up in the deep south with gardens in every backyard. this is the best book i’ve ever seen.

  4. Jennifer Hiles says:

    I started my first garden last 2 years ago. I was so amazed when everything actually grew! I took pictures of it almost daily cuz I was so proud. now I have 100 plant photos that I’ll never look at again “hey, remember when our cucumber was only this big?” 🙂

    • I know that feeling! They’re like BABIES!! Hundreds of pictures of them for me too… it’s seriously rewarding!

  5. I think that it takes a lot of dedication and hard work to make a garden a success! That is why I applaud you for taking on the challenge!

  6. Amanda says:

    So glad I can learn from your tiny mistakes! I never would’ve thought of that! We made a garden this year but only planted 2 veggies and about 6 plants altogether…so if I mess up no biggy. First timer here! lol

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