“For the love of Pea, won’t you please grow?”
This is me, nervously watching, and occasionally verbally abusing, my spring plantings. I’ve currently got potatoes, fennel, cabbage (left from the fall) broccoli (ditto) and brussel spouts (ditto). I know I’ll never see actual edible stuff off that broccoli and brussel sprout plants, but I can’t give up on them, I just can’t. (But I’ve planted a few broccoli seeds, just in case.)
So far, the highlight of the coming of spring is the duet of Asparagus tips that appeared this week in the clump I established last year. If I hadn’t noticed them because Buttons was peeing on them, I might have harvested them…but now…thanks to the 6 pound wonderdog, not going there. (Note to self: put up fencing around the clump to prevent future “watering”.)
But those peas…wait…I think I see some green!
What do you mean you can’t see it? OK, I”ll go back out and take a better picture…
Wow those grow quickly! (Actual time-lapse between photos is three days.)
These are Lincoln garden peas, which I look forward to crunching in my spring salads. Last year I only got about three pea pods off my peas, but the year before I got tons, well, was able to freeze about two cups, and had fresh peas in my spring salads for about two months. Mmmmm. Lincoln peas are supposed to do better in warm climates. South Texas counts as warm which is why I’m planting this variety this time around.
- Check the soil Ph. Optimum conditions for peas are a soil with a pH of between 6.0 or 7.0.
- Add compost to make sure you have a good level of healthy soil.
- Inoculate your seed for better healthy growth.
- Direct seed, space at 2″.
- Plant 2″ deep.
- Create Rows 2″ apart.
- Sow additional seed in additional bed space every 2 – 3 weeks for succession plantings.
When to plant:
- Depends on your climate.
- Like cool weather, but are susceptible to easy freeze damage.
Where to plant:
- Like raised beds for good drainage.
- Rotate your crops. (Even if you have a small garden! The bed pictured above had squash and cucumbers in it last season, so the rotation worked out well for me.)
- If you find that your peas turn dark they may have a fungal disease. Remove and dispose of separately. Don’t turn under as this won’t do you any favors — only continues the problem in that bed’s soil.