Peas are by far the easiest and earliest vegetable seeds you can plant. They are cold tolerant, so planting now is not a problem at all. These little guys will not be stopped even if it snows! They are great when gardening with small children, because they are large enough for small hands to plant them one at a time. Unlike a packet of tiny carrot seeds, which, if left to a three-year-old’s fingers, will be used up in the first six inches of that 30 foot row it was meant for… I was going to plant my peas yesterday, but it was cold and damp, so no working outside for me. I started more seeds instead: four varieties of tomatoes, two of peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, okra and basil.
Update on last weekend’s transplants.
The veggies that I re-potted last weekend are doing great. In this pic you can see how much more they have grown as compared to ones I didn’t re-pot. They are going into the garden beds next week, hopefully.
Today it feels like Spring has arrived!
It’s currently 54 degrees under mostly sunny skies, with a “real feel” of 50º. I have other things I should be doing, but I’m planting my Wando peas first! The peas were planted into four of the raised beds where they can climb up the fence. Wando climbs to about 30 inches, so a good fence or support is a must have. If you don’t have a fence, you can simply tie string back and forth between two tall stakes, creating a “fence” support system. Another method is to create a tee-pee of tall stakes tied together at the top and planting the peas around it.
I dug a 2″ deep trench, spaced the seeds about 1½” apart, pushed the soil back and watered them in. They were planted about 2″ in from the edge of the bed.
The peas will be almost done producing by the time I plant other veggies in late Spring, so they will be removed before the other plants get big. As the vines age they will begin to yellow and not be as productive. At that time I will cut the vines down to the soil level. If you cut the vines down instead of pulling them, the decomposing roots will add stored nitrogen back into the soil. The vines will be added to the compost pile to also add nitrogen, which will help break down the other plant materials in there.
I love fresh peas, either steamed or shelled directly into a bowl of freshly picked salad greens. Sometimes they don’t even make it into the house! I plan on planting them again in late summer for a fall crop of garden fresh peas. More peas…Yum.
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