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, 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


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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