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March 11, 2011

A spring day when planting peas come to mind

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Today was one of those soft spring days when there is a mist of rain and then sun and then rainbows and then rain again. And the light rain falling on head and shoulders doesn't stopp the yard work or the digging in the garden. One can just keep going through all the changes because the weather is so mild.

I started thinking about planting some pea seeds in hopes of having some ripe peas as early as May. The problem this time of year is whether to soak the seed or not. I like to soak pea seeds because it 's easy to see which ones are not viable and throw them out and not waste energy planting them. If I wait just long enough to see the first small sprout break out of the casing, then I know I've got what I want. However, I have planted such nicely sprouted seeds and waited for them to break ground until impatient, I dig down to find them rotten or disappeared. That's the down side of sprouting them to get an early start.

Just dropping the dry seed, covered with a little innoculant into the ground avoids this problem, but can also lead to rot if the weather decides to turn cold and wet. So basically we gardeners take out chances. If you have a greenhouse, you can let the plants grow tall and then put them out, feeling fairly certain they will survive and produce. It all depends on the weather and a willingness to experiment. However, I think I'm putting in a small row of soaked seeds right now.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at March 11, 2011 7:38 AM
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