Believe it or not, today is the last Sunday of April. Wow. We have been very busy with transplanting seedlings, and selling the finished plants. Before we close out the month, we wanted to do one final cool crop blog on another favorite spring vegetable – peas!
Peas are a cool crop and can be planted early. The plants actually do not mind a bit of snow on them. We generally have pea plants available with our first crop of greens when we open on St. Patrick’s Day. However, prolonged cold weather, such as temperatures down in the low 30s, 20s, and teens can damage or even kill young pea plants. A good guideline for peas is to plant them when the average overnight lows are 45 degrees or higher for an extended time period.
To get a head start on your spring peas, turn over the soil in the area or raised bed where you intend to plant them in the fall. Then add some compost or mulch to that area and let it sit over the winter months so that the are or bed is ready when the peas are.
Plant the pea plants one inch deep and two inches apart. While peas prefer cool soil, make sure that the soil is not wet, as peas like moisture, but not too much. Also, peas do not like a lot of fertilizer, so whatever compost you use when preparing their area in fall should be sufficient. Take care not to hoe around the pea plants, as this will disturb the young plants and impact their growth.
While peas are easy to grow, they do take a while to mature. If you plant your peas around St. Patrick’s Day, you can expect to pick them late May – late June, depending on the weather. Pick the pea pods regularly to encourage more to develop. Also, peas should be harvested in the morning after the dew has dried. This makes them extra crisp! Fresh peas can be kept in the refrigerator for five days.
While sweet peas are what people normally think of when someone says peas, there are other varieties, such as snow peas, which have a flat pod, and snap peas, which have an edible pod.
And there you have it: How to grow pea plants in your garden. Hopefully this blog has inspired you to grow some of your own!
As we close out April and head into busy May, we will not be doing regular blogs. However, we will pick back up in late May/ early June with tips for growing summer fruits and vegetables. Also, be sure to check out our Instagram @mooresgreenhouse if you haven’t already. We will be sharing tomato growing tips; sweet and hot pepper tips; and squash tips. Just follow along or search using the hashtags #tomatothursdaytip; #sweetandspicypeppersaturday; and #summersquashsunday.
Finally, we hope to see you in person as the weather finally breaks and everyone starts to garden prolifically! Until next blog, happy gardening!