Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Harvest Happy: Plant your Peas now

If the soil in your garden is workable, then it's time to plant your peas!!!

There are so many vegetables that can go into your garden while the fear of frost still lingers. And every year, peas are one of the first vegetables I plant.

Before you do plant your peas though, make sure your garden is protected from vermin. Squirrels are apt to dig up the delicious little dried pea seeds before they can even germinate and once they've sprouted, rabbits find them delicious.  So be sure you have a fence surrounding your plot before you plant your peas.

Next, ensure you have some kind of a trellis for your peas to climb as they grow. After years of struggling to make contraptions out of horizontal pieces of string, I finally found an easier option. I bought some plastic green mesh from a garden store and strung it between some bamboo stakes and attached it with twist ties. Every year, I re-use the same bamboo stakes and mesh. I don't even separate the pieces at the end of the season.

And finally, consider planting your peas in batches, every two or three weeks.  This will give you a staggered harvest. It would be a shame to be over-run with peas and have some go to waste.

~Miss Greenish Thumb~

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