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.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

today's sowing

Peas (shelling), Strike
Peas (snap), Sugar Snap

I planted them inside. I could have put them outside as my pea bed is nicely thawed now. I just wanted to try some inside in paper bags.

peas in bags IMG_2118 peas planted in bag IMG_2087planting tray IMG_2099 After I planted, my Mom read this post and reminded me to start some peas for her. I think these will all be for her. I'll plant my own peas tomorrow in the garden. My mom's garden has not been snow shoveled and last I looked (Wednesday) was under at least a foot of snow. (Your peas are planted Mom!! But in paper bags, not in your garden...)

All of my little celeriac sprouts are also in the picture here. And some very little lettuce sprouts coming up too.


Anonymous Dana K said...

I still have at least a foot of snow on my garden as well. I may follow your lead and shovel some of the snow off this week. I planted garlic for the first time last Fall. When do you usually take the mulch off of them?

March 30, 2015 11:16 AM

Blogger kathy said...

The mulch is there to protect the soil and garlic roots against freeze-thaws. Once your soil isn't freezing up any more, you can take the mulch off and give the garlic sprouts some sun. Yeah SUN! I could use some. So that means, take the mulch off about 4 weeks before your last spring frost, mid-April for me.

That said, some people leave a mulch on if they're in a dry area, to keep moisture in. Not my problem. In spring it is generally rainy here and I need to encourage airflow at the roots. I might put a mulch back on in summer if it's dry.

March 30, 2015 7:44 PM

Anonymous Marian (LondonUK) said...

We start some of our peas off indoors using toilet roll tubes. This works well for beans too, just pop the tube in the ground and they degrade down.


March 31, 2015 4:13 AM

Blogger Angie said...

How early can peas go into the ground? (How many weeks before frost?). I live in South western Ontario, and the snow is almost melted off my raised beds

March 31, 2015 10:17 AM

Blogger kathy said...


Peas can go in up to 7 weeks before your last frost.

If the snow's not melted, you can plant them inside. If you still have snow, I think it will take a couple weeks for soil to thaw after the snow is gone.

If you want to know planting dates, please try out my new planting calendar app. I think its really cool. The link is at the top right corner of this blog. (I have to get in a bit of advertizing here and there!)

March 31, 2015 11:48 AM

Blogger kathy said...

That's a great idea Marian. I'll have to start saving those rolls.

March 31, 2015 11:50 AM

Blogger Marcia said...

Just in from planting in my garden. I see from my journal I'm one day earlier than last year. It was a spectacular year for snow peas last year I hoe the same is true for this year. One of my favorite spring crops. Also got lettuce, spinach and bok choy planted.

March 31, 2015 12:23 PM

Anonymous Marian (LondonUK) said...

Hi Kathy, it works well. Plus we pay ridiculous money for necessary paper products, it is a way of getting something useable for money spent. I often think when buying them, "If only I had invented toilet rolls...!!"

Marian(London UK)

March 31, 2015 1:11 PM

Blogger Echo Wu said...

Hi Kathy,

Will you then be moving the entire paper bag with peas into the garden later? Or would you let them grow inside the paper bag?

By the way, is the plug flat you are using a rigid one? Can it be reused?



March 31, 2015 2:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice. I like the repurposing of paper products. Another thing for me to squirrel away! -Alice

April 05, 2015 12:00 PM

Anonymous EmsyDoodle said...

You can make small sized compostable pots out of newspaper rolled and folded at one end if you roll it around something solid like a narrow vase, jar or even a toilet roll inner tube. Long tubes are great for transplanting carrots or parsnips started indoors. We love recycling things for the garden and use yogurt pots to start seeds off in.

April 14, 2015 10:41 PM


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