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.