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, May 01, 2012

peas trellis up

peas 018 peas 006 peas 020 We have gotten several days of well needed rain. My peas are happy and growing fast. I put some string trellis up for them.



Anonymous Pamela said...

Looks great, love seeing the sight of peas, it feels like spring to me. Our sugar snap peas are about 3 feet now and we've been attaching them as they grow. We grow on our roof so we have to deal with wind, but we did build a 10 foot fence for them to grow up... last year ours easily grew to 8 feet!

May 02, 2012 9:58 PM

Blogger Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

I need to set up some trellis like that for my peas!!

May 02, 2012 11:36 PM

Anonymous Pam from Chesapeake Bay said...

Yes, your peas look happy. Mine do too. We had a week of cooler temps but soared into the high 80 for past two days. I hope the peas can hold on, I'd like to get a few meals with sugar snaps before the summer heat and humidity arrive full force.

Your posts about fava beans inspired me to take the plunge. I planted Windsor and the Crimson flowered variety. They are growing well, but keeping fingers crossed. I've heard that favas dislike heat so we will see.

May 03, 2012 12:21 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy, Everything looks awesome but for me most importantly your peas look the bast. Not sure why but every year I fail to grow my peas. I tried not care much and just seed them randomly, than I babied them.This year I soaked them in kelp solution over night and than sow them out 1" deem (may be a bit more in some parts) and watered and covered with plastic yet nothing again. I grow everything, but peas does not want to grow here. What am I doing wrong here? Out of 70 seeds may be I got 3 germinated :(

May 03, 2012 12:22 AM

Blogger kathy said...


You may need to add pea inoculant. I add this every time I plant peas. I just sprinkle a bit on the soil in the 1 inch deep furrow where I'm planting the peas. The inoculant is needed for germination. If you've grown peas for a while, there will be plenty naturally in the soil. My parents never use any and their peas grow fine. But, like you, mine didn't sprout well, so I started using inoculation. Maybe it will help you.

Another thought is to try sprouting them inside. A friend of mine does this. I think she puts them in damp paper towels for few days until they get little rootlets, then she plants them outside. That way you know that the seeds are good before they get hidden in the dirt.

May 03, 2012 10:13 AM

Blogger Alaiyo Kiasi-Barnes said...

Your blog is part of my vegetable-gardening education this year. I'm growing my usual warm-season veggies, but I somehow miss the early-spring-growing window, like, every year. By following your progress (I'm in Maryland), I'll get a fair idea about when I should be growing certain veggies. :)

May 03, 2012 6:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the successions Kathy. I saw those but never tied. I will try both :]

May 04, 2012 5:57 PM


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