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Planting Peas Signal Start of Spring

Peas are the first crop to be planted for the gardening season and signal one of the first signs that spring is here.   Since I’ve been wishing for the cold and snow to go away since around the time it started (December), any symbol of spring is okay with me, not to mention the fact that I love fresh peas!  So, I figure I’ll take a shot at this pea planting thing even though I seem to lack a green thumb.

After doing a bit of research, I found that depending on where you are located, you can start your crop as early as the middle of March.  In fact, I had a college professor who said her father had a rule that the spring pea crop was to be planted on St. Patrick’s day each year.  Not sure if this had to do with the fact they are a green veggie, but she said the strategy always worked.

I don’t have a lot of space so I’m not going to have a large crop–plus I decided I’d give this a try on a smaller scale and see how it turns out before investing too much energy and time.  The pea "seeds" are the actual peas themselves (makes sense!) and you must plant them 1 inch deep and 3-4 inches apart.  It is recommended to use some kind of mulching material in order to help keep moisture around the plants as peas love water.  You can also expect that your plants will grow tall so you have to provide some kind of support for the vines to attach.  Wooden stakes with netting is one option, but I’m going with basic chicken wire.  Once the plants grow up the wire it takes about 3 weeks for white flowers and pea pods to appear.

It all sounds pretty straightforward so I’m making my way outdoors this weekend to plant some peas.  Who knows, maybe I can even get my kids to show some interest and help out …

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  1. Great to read that spring is arriving in the US. I used to live in the Philadelphia area but moved to the UK some 7 years ago.

    One of the hobbies I picked up in the UK is growing an “allotment”. An allotment is a piece of undeveloped public land that is not developed and is rented out by the local government to the public. These plots can be found all over the country and in cities.

    My plot can be found within an estate, surrounded by houses on all sides and is rented out to me by the city for the huge sum of $20 a year.

    I have maintained my garden now for 4 years and let me tell you; It is the most satisfying thing to plant your own vegetables, grow them and eat them! As all my veg are organic the flavors are great and I get to choose what vegetables I grow each year. My family eat these all year long.

    This year I will be growing potatoes, peas, beans, beetroot, Corn, Cucumbers, pumpkin, leek, sprouts, various cabbages, carrots, broccoli, Coli flour….well, you get the picture.

    I can encourage anyone to give it a try; It is easier than you think and you can make your garden as big or as small as you like. Start with a little plot in your back garden and If anything pick your local “easy” vegetable and plant it. (For me it is potatoes; UK climate is a lot more cool and rainy than the in the US And they keep for a long time)

    Go and try, if you need help ask me……you cannot go wrong , I promise!

    Ed

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