Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Give Peas a Chance

Peas are my favorite vegetable to plant! They're so easy, they come up quick and they're delicious (the pretty flowers are a bonus too).
This will be the second year we're planting peas . . . we had so much success with last years crop I planted 3 times the amount this year! I can't help but have delusions about sitting on the front porch in rocking chairs shelling peas to freeze. In reality there are none left to freeze because we eat them all!
Check out what popped up in our vegetable beds over the weekend: 

Here's my Pea Planting Guide:
  • Soak peas overnight before planting them, to ensure good germination. Not all peas need to be soaked, check the instructions on the back of your package.
  • Plant your peas in the Spring while the soil is still cool. They can be planted up to one month before the last frost. 
  • Plant seeds approx 2 inches apart, and 1 inch deep.
  •  Peas don't do as well in really hot weather so planting early is the best way to do it. 
  • All pea varieties need some type of trellis or other support. They'll climb on anything so honestly any type of support will work (branches, metal trellis, wood trellis, a slow moving neighborhood cat, pea vines will grab on to anything!!).
  • Most importantly make sure to keep soil moist while seeds are germinating. If it didn't rain that day, you'll need to give them a watering.
  • When you see the first flowers pop out, a sprinkling of Organic Mushroom Manure gives them all the nutrients they need to produce plump pea pods.
  • When peas are ripe it's best to harvest them everyday, harvest them when the shells go waxy, but before they loose their color.
  • To save seeds, let a few pods mature and dry right on the vine, when they turn brown shell the pods and store the seeds for next years planting. You can store them for at least 3 years! 
If you have soil, sun and water you can grow peas anywhere (my sister is growing hers in containers on her balcony).
I hope you'll give 'em a try . . . they're hands down the most rewarding crop to plant!

Check back later today for another post . . . Find out what almost made me break my green promise to my yard! 

6 comments:

  1. Our garden will get planted late this year, if at all (we are regrading that half of the back yard). Peas do better here in the fall due to our very hot summers (I tried last summer, no good). I love them! The fam, not at all. LOL
    I am thinking some critters are loving your lush green yard!

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  2. I'm mad I missed pea-planting season since I love to EAT peas! I have put in our herb garden and dug out some of the beds in our bigger garden (we have a ton of land). Like you, I'm committed to keeping everything in the garden chemical-free, so I'm interested to hear what almost broke you! 4 hours of weeding last weekend almost got me... pass the RoundUp! KIDDING!

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  3. Peas grow really good here even in the hot temps and bad soil. Hubs planted Lady cream peas (three rows), purple hull peas (three rows) and two rows of green beans. We plant the bush type of peas and beans. Lady cream peas are the best.

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  4. The title to this post is really witty :)

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  5. Hi, I have been following your blog for some time now but have never commented! Wanted to comment for once and let you know that I really enjoy your "green" posts. My husband and I live with our two kids in an older home on about 2 acres in W. Michigan. The previous owners let the "yard" get very overgrown so we have been trying to fix things up, which is challenging when going green, also when you have 6 chickens running around. :) I was having the same problem with my hosta's that somehow resolved when I started putting the big bags of Starbacks used coffee grounds around them. A neighbor tipped me off to this idea and now I swing by Starbucks whenever I have a chance to pick up any of the grounds they have (I think the program is called "Grounds for Gardens" - ours has a metal bucket that they put the grounds in.) Hopefully this helps!

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