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. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

pea rootlet

pea seed with rootlet
I checked on my peas that I planted outside two weeks ago (March 18). They have been growing - little roots have started! We have warm wet weather coming up, so I'll watch for sprouts.

Pisum sativum

7 Comments:

Blogger A.E.K. said...

It looks like the seed was dropped on top of the soil (not buried at all). Is that how we're supposed to do it?

April 01, 2008 9:42 AM

 
Blogger kathy said...

No, peas need to be planted a couple inches deep.

I seeded them all 1-2 inches deep, but sometimes the seeds will work their way to the surface as they sprout. I found two on the surface this morning and, after photographing them, buried them again.

If none had surfaced, I would have dug one up just to check the progress. I get very curious about what's going on under the soil. I dug up one of my fava bean seeds. They were planted 2 to 4 inches deep and none had surfaced. No sprouting on these seeds - but it was swelling and getting ready to sprout.

April 01, 2008 10:02 AM

 
Blogger sweetlocal said...

I'm glad to see your peas have sprouted. I live in Brighton, MA and planted peas around the same time, and haven't seen anything yet, so I was scared it was too cold for them. Now, I'm going to dig one up to check on its growth!

April 01, 2008 10:40 AM

 
Blogger Dan said...

Thanks for the update!!! This is my first year planting a spring crop, so I have been looking forward to learning the status of your peas. I planted mine 1 week ago.

First thing after work... I'm going to my local Cambridge Community Garden (Squirrel Brand - Boardman & Broadway) to check on my peas, beets, radishes, and kohlrabi.

April 01, 2008 12:11 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Good luck! If you have time, leave a comment and let me know how your seeds are doing.

April 01, 2008 1:03 PM

 
Anonymous Laura said...

I cannot wait to start my vegetable garden. I'm in the planning stages and I have no idea what I'm doing!

Looking forward to following along!

April 02, 2008 3:10 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

What fun! Good luck.

April 02, 2008 6:11 PM

 

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