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.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

lots of pea sprouts

My neighbor was surprised at how dense I planted my peas. Well I didn't expect them all to sprout. How dense do you plant your peas? I have a nice row of sprouts about 8 inches wide and 3 feet long. I'm planting similar rows as soon as the previous sprouting comes up. The photo shows Pisello Nano, a very short (1 foot tall) green shell pea.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just planted my peas with the help of a coworker in the community garden we set up behind our workplace. I planted just under the suggested 2", he opted for digging a trench and tossing them in. Of course I'm a huge lover of the snap peas, so I'm trying to make the seeds last.

April 17, 2008 11:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got a row of about 5 feet long with peas planted about every 2 inches - sometimes two seeds in each hole to hedge my germination bets.

In my experience you can get pea plants - even non dwarf varieties - to work even close together. Let's face it, peas rule and the more the merrier!

April 18, 2008 7:28 AM

Blogger Chrissy said...

I planted my sugar snaps one inch apart, they're about 2 feet tall now and happy. Of course I've never grown them before but I generally go with the "more the merrier" philosophy, too!

April 18, 2008 9:23 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Great! Me too. I think 'the more the merrier' for peas. Mine probably average 1 inch apart, but I didn't scatter the seed very evenly I guess.

April 18, 2008 9:46 AM

Blogger DDD said...

Wow, great pictures.
You can eat the extra pea seedlings. They are sold at chinese grocery...very expensive and not organic.

April 18, 2008 9:10 PM

Blogger Dee/reddirtramblings said...

What a beautiful sight that is. All that yummy green against the dark soil.~~Dee

April 19, 2008 7:48 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Yes! I didn't think of that. If there's too many I'll eat them. I love pea sprouts and pea tendrils.

April 19, 2008 8:50 AM

Anonymous Patrick said...

Peas can tolerate a lot of crowding. I usually plant in double rows (one row on each side of the trellis) with plants thinned to 1-2" apart. How thickly I sow the seeds depends on how good I think they are.

Like you pointed out, average spacing is probably more important than the space between any two plants.

April 19, 2008 3:06 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have mine at 1 inch apart. They're living very well with the spacing. I have a couple of peas now! Can't wait to have more! Happy gardening.

April 20, 2008 2:34 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Great. Happy gardening to you too!

April 21, 2008 9:28 PM


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