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.

Friday, March 19, 2010

planting peas and favas

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I did get my peas planted on Wednesday - St Patrick's Day. I planted three rows:

Sugar Sprint (Johnny's) snap pea, 2 ft vines, 58 days
Caselode shelling pea (Johnny's), shelling pea, 2 1/2 ft vines, 57 days
RSVPea (Burpee) shelling pea, 3 1/2 ft vines, 56 days

And I planted a block of crimson-flowered fava beans that Dan grew and hand-collected.

I had some "help" from the canine crew. Bannor, my brother's dog who's here for the week, was especially interested. I thought it was great that he wanted to check out the seeds - Skippy has never shown much interest. But he wasn't only sniffing, he popped a fava seed in his mouth and enjoyed crunching on it for quite a while. Oops. I covered them up more quickly after that!

I also spread some cover crop seed on beds that I will use for corn and squashes this year. This is an experiment as I don't know if it will grow much before I turn the soil.

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Anonymous Heather's Garden said...

I didn't get my peas in until the day after St. Patrick's Day, but much earlier than I ever have before. I hope this nice weather lasts through the entire gardening season. I do not want a repeat of last year. Aren't these warm temps just killing you? I want to plant everything now!

March 19, 2010 9:32 PM

Blogger aliceb said...

Ben's pup is beautiful...a wonderful addition. How'd the visit go, any comment from Skippy?

March 20, 2010 1:07 AM

Blogger Dan said...

Looks like a nice evening at the plot. Good luck with the crimsons!

March 20, 2010 9:05 AM

Anonymous biobabbler said...

woah, your garden is GORGEOUS! So tidy and well-defined. I'm so excited to watch stuff start sprouting!

March 20, 2010 1:51 PM

Blogger grace said...

I live in West Newton and have a raised garden bed. Have you tried garden wire over chicken wire and know the difference or benefits of over the other?

March 22, 2010 9:19 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I don't know what garden wire is - never heard of this.

March 22, 2010 9:39 AM

Blogger kathy said...

HI Alice, Skippy had a great time with Bannor! They wore each other out.

March 22, 2010 9:40 AM

Blogger grace said...

Garden wire is 3" inch square openings formatted in the same way that chicken wire is. I am just wondering if chicken wire is really the most successful way to keep out birds, squirrels and rabbits, before putting up either chicken wire or garden wire.

March 22, 2010 4:01 PM

Blogger Matron said...

That's wonderful! I sent Dan those crimson flowered beans a couple of years ago! They are an old heritage variety and it is brilliant to see them making a comeback in North America!!

March 23, 2010 7:19 PM


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