Seems like we have been an early spring but the morning are still a bit frosty. I am itching to start digging in the dirt but its still too early, except for peas. Peas like it cold, in fact, they prefer to be sowed two weeks before the last frost (workable soil, of course). I am happy to say, that my pallet garden is off to a good start with a whole pallet dedicated to peas. I have another one waiting to be sowed with peas, I will get to it this weekend. Along with the peas, I could not contain myself and sowed a row of kale and spinach, both cold hardy vegetables. I am not expecting much from these but if I have some greens sooner than later–bonus! I haven’t done a good job at updating my A to Z section of the blog. I thought I would have more time in the winter but sheesh it went by fast! With that said, I hope to do an update as I plant my seeds and starts. So lets talk peas. Here are some good resources I found online: http://www.almanac.com/plant/peas http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/growing-peas-zmaz09fmzraw.aspx What I know:
- Peas like the soil to be a little bit on the colder side so planting before the last frost is OK and recommended.
- Peas fix nitrogen.
- Plant 1 inch deep about 1.5-2 inches apart.
- Snow or a little bit of frost will not bother the seeds or plants
- Peas will need a trellis of some sort to climb (they get tangled very fast and easy, place the trellis before the plants are taller than 2 inches.)
- Harvest anytime after pods form. You can pick shell peas as soon as pods are full.
- Peas freeze well, blanch the peas, lay flat on cooking sheet, freeze, then transfer to a freezer bag. They do get a little soft, so best if utilized for cooking. http://farmersalmanac.com/blog/2006/06/05/freezing-snow-peas-and-sugar-snap-peas/
- Canning peas: we have not canned peas (not our favorite) but here is a good link. http://www.pickyourown.org/peas_canning.htm