Have you planted your peas? My first batch of peas are through the ground. It is always satisfying to see the first crop come up. Kinda’ gives you hope for the new year.
Now that the peas are growing what do you do? The first thing I suggest is to plant another row. If you like peas as much as I do you will want lots of them. I will plant at least two crops of them, and more if one of the crops does not do well.
Don’t worry too much about the space as peas are done early in the summer and you can plant something new in their spot. Peas produce their own nitrogen, so you will have extra nitrogen where they grow.
Those new arrivals will need some special care. In the spring the weeds grow as fast, or faster, than your vegetables. So, you will want to keep on top of the peas while they are young.
While they are small I will go down the row with a hoe and carefully slice off the new weeds. I plant in double rows, so that means I will cut the weeds between the rows and on the outside of each row.
As soon as the peas get about four inches high I like to go through and hoe the weeds again, and pull the weeds mixed in with the peas. It helps to do this when the ground is moist so you will not disturb the young pea plants. And, I like to put about a half-inch of compost down the row. This helps mulch the ground and provides another dose of nutrients.
Remember, to save all the weeds you pull or cut out of the garden to put on the compost pile. Everything counts.
Now is the time to put up the trellis. I always trellis the peas, even if the package says they can stand alone. My experience has taught me that peas tend to fall over and that makes them hard to pick. Plus, peas climbing a trellis look pretty.
After the trellis is in place it is time to carefully place some mulch around the plants. I use mostly straw, as it is readily available in this area. If there are leftover leaves from the fall I will use them until they run out. Handle the young pea plants very easily, as they are really tender.
My trellis is some old 2 X 4 wire that is cut into sections I can handle. I use short fence post or 2 X 2 wooden stakes tall enough to hold the wire with the weight of the peas.
That’s about it. Peas do not have very many pests, except rabbits and deer, which we will discuss in detail in the next post.
You will want to check the peas for ripeness every day or so. I like to gently squeeze the pods to see how full they are. Sometimes a fat pod will look ready, but not have very big seeds inside.
Hope you enjoy your peas. If you have not grown peas you will be amazed at how sweet and plump they are right out of your own garden.
Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century. Gardening is a great way to, not only, grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul. It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.
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