SCButtercup - Yes I direct sowed my snaps last year. This year I am winter sowing them. Oklahoma had not had rain in over 115 years like we did this year. Every single day from March until July. We even managed to come out of the drought. I wanted flowers in May. I wanted my veggie garden in June. The rain said no, no, no. So I replanted my veggies 3 times just to have something come August and the only reason I got to do that was because I would wait until we had at least 5 hours of no rain. I had my hubby dig trenches in my veggie garden to redirect the lake (water) just to try to save what little survived at least 5 times. For the size veggie garden I have, it wasn't a bad haul but it sure wasn't as good as the smaller garden I had the year before. But, we're eating and I did manage to do alot of canning. Even cukes. I only got 2 weeks out of those.
As far as my flower garden, I ran out of seed to keep replanting. What didn't drown was carted away. One night I stood in the rain watching our 4.5 foot drainage ditch overflow into my yard. Everything in this town flows down to my yard. I have the flattest spot in town. For me to have had snaps at all was a miracle. I lost a great deal this year due to the rains. Hence, instead of winter sowing veggies, this year, it's all getting winter sowed. My daughter and I were at the grocery store today and I had to make a decision. Orange juice in a carton or in a plastic jug. I looked at her and said, "It's hell when you have to choose your groceries based on the containers." Lol.
I am so surprised about the snaps not taking the heat. Mine are taking 90 degree temps. They stop growing, but they are mostly at a stand still until it cools off and they take off again. Bxncbx told me snaps could be planted in shade. I had no idea they could. I have always planted them in FS.