Planting 04: Peas

After setting up raised bed number two, I could plant the first vegetable to actually go into the garden.  That honor always goes to peas, partly due to the logistical concern of having to move the trellis before I can work on the garden bed it was used in last year.

Pea planting actually begins the day before you put the pea seeds in the ground.  I had my daughter count out 96 peas Friday night so we could soak them in water overnight.  The wrinkled, little, dried peas became plump and ready to grow.

Peas present a conundrum:  they grow well in cool weather, in fact they die if it gets too hot; but they do need warmth to germinate.  So, I want to plant them early to take advantage of the cooler spring weather, but to combat germination problems I plant them pretty thickly, at one per inch.


On Saturday (March 30th), I planted the peas close to the trellis, about an inch deep.  I sprinkled “Granular Garden Soil Inoculant” on the peas.  This is a mixture of bacteria that helps legumes such as peas and beans to convert nitrogen from the atmosphere into a form that plants can use.  I watered the peas, covered them with soil, and watered again.

You may wonder why this is only 04 of planting; I’ve planted some flowers since 03.  The reason is that I’m only counting vegetables…which wasn’t intentional, but I’ve decided that I like it.


About brianbreczinski

work: chemist, NMR manager; hobbies: gardening, reading, photography, electronics, biking, woodworking
This entry was posted in planting and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to Planting 04: Peas

  1. Pingback: Outdoor Seedlings | gardenblog2013

  2. Pingback: Frost Warning | gardenblog2013

  3. Pingback: Transplanting 02: Early Tomatoes | gardenblog2013

  4. Pingback: Planting 07: Pole Beans | gardenblog2013

  5. Pingback: First Pea Pods | gardenblog2013

  6. Pingback: Planting, Finally! | gardenblog2013

  7. Pingback: Preparing for & Planting Peas | gardenblog2013

  8. Pingback: Planting Peas & Radishes | gardenblog2013

Questions, Comments, Advice? I'd love to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.