If you’ve been a gardener at Greene Acres the last two years, you know how obsessed I can be with growing peas. If you’re new to Greene Acres, it won’t be long now before you see the obsession.
It is spring….no matter what the weather is really like. And all of you should be thinking seriously about the first things you’re going to plant in your plots. Peas come to mind immediately. They’re easy to grow and can be sowed in your plot right now…..as long as the soil is workable.***
While the calendar says time to plant peas, sometimes the weather is still cold and damp. Those kind of conditions can reduce germination. At our last educational presentation, March 14, I showed everyone a neat trick to increase germination of your peas. Take a damp paper towel, line up a row of pea seeds, fold the towel, put it in a plastic bag, and keep it warm on your kitchen counter for 2 days. Check the seeds after 2 days and if the white root is coming out, take those seeds and plant them right in your plot. If the roots haven’t sprouted keep checking…it may take another couple of days.
Planting peas, when it seems there’s nothing else to do in our plots, does a great job of curing our behavioral issues and frustrations from this winter. And once those little plants come up and begin flowering, life will again be good! Why not try at least one row of peas in your plot? I can almost guarantee that none of you will be able to resist eating some of them while you’re working in your plot later this spring.
***Remember the test for seeing if the soil is workable: grab a handful, poke with your thumb. If some soil breaks off, you can work the soil. If it doesn’t, then the soil is too wet and you will do damage if you try to plant anything.