Peas soaked in water overnight will germinate quicker in the cool spring soil.
St. Patrick’s Day marks the traditional start of the gardening season by planting peas, but there’s still another month at least to get some seeds in the ground. It’s thrilling to be back in the garden.
I plant Oregon Sugar II Snow Pea every spring, soaking the seeds overnight in water. They swell to three times their size and sprout easier in the cool spring soil. But this year I decided to have some fun and try a couple different varieties. ‘Golden Sweet Edible Pod’ is from India and produces tall vines covered in pale yellow snow peas. Beside having a beautiful name which rolls off the tongue, ‘Blauschokker’ grows pretty, purple podded shell peas. The peas themselves are lime green and they look amazing, it’s going to be fun to add color to the spring garden.
My garden is filled with raised beds, they dry out quick. But, it was a wet winter and the snow took its time melting. I bought $20 worth of compost (half yard) and piled it onto the beds and then planted directly in the compost.
There are lots of cool weather crops that can be planted now, lettuce, radishes, Swiss chard, beets and more.
Plant something now and you’ll be picking with “normal” gardeners are just getting getting started. And that feels good.
‘Blauschokker,’ what a beautiful name for a pea. But the pods are amazing!