This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

pea planting

pea seeds pea bed
Well, I got my peas in on the day after St Pat's Day. Not too bad. The soil in this area of my garden is really warm. Its right up against the south face of the house and gets full sun all day long, all winter. I'll have to take my soil thermometer out there soon, just out of curiosity.

My raised beds, which are further from the house and shaded by a neighboring house 24/7 during the winter, are still mostly frozen. Last year I had to wait 'til April to plant there.

I'm not well prepared for planting yet. I have no row labels. And I am going to order pea netting, but haven't done so yet. So I used sticks and poles and old labels to mark out rows. I'll remember what I planted where until I get the labels in. I used a zig-zag pattern for planting, but only planted some of the zigs. I'll succession plant every few weeks.

I used Pea, Lentil, and Vetch Inoculant from Johnny's that's for garden peas, field peas, fava/broad beans, and vetch (whatever that is). I just sprinkle it on the scattered peas in a trench than cover it over. I did the same last year and it gave me great yields - much better than previous years when I did not use inoculant. (Here's an old post of mine with inoculant information.)

Pisum sativum


Blogger Nancy J. Bond said...

I'm PEA green with envy that you're able to plant anything -- much too cold here in NS just yet. Good luck with your peas!

March 18, 2008 9:31 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

Pea green - oh my! Nova Scotia is way up there. But I'm not counting my sprouts yet. We have a lot of damp, cold weather coming and I hope this batch survives the early planting.

March 18, 2008 10:51 PM

Blogger Trypd said...

Planting outdoors already? And here I thought my hands were itching to get there! It's still frosting here in OH, so the best I can do is sit back and wait. :)
Vetch is great to plant along with your hardier plants. It's a legume, like your peas, but is used mostly as a green fertilizer, feeding a lot of good N2 back into the soil, much in the same way clover benefits many garden veggies.

March 19, 2008 12:31 AM

Anonymous Janet said...

Pretty soon, your peas will be as big as mine!

March 19, 2008 2:08 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

Last year it took 14 days for my peas to sprout. Grow peas, grow!

March 19, 2008 3:54 PM

Anonymous Backyard Granger said...

Have any of your peas sprouted yet? I planted about a week after you and still nothing. It can't stay cold like this forever!

(Love the blog, by the way!)

March 30, 2008 6:45 AM

Anonymous chris said...

love the blog, just found it. I have never tried peas and I would like to. My raised beds are still frozen/too cold. I was hoping to seed in another week or 2. too late??

March 30, 2008 9:30 PM

Anonymous Viagra said...

is a little bit complicated, but the mayor problem are the birds, it come and take the pea, I think that for that reason exist the scarecrows.

April 13, 2011 4:53 PM


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