Plain Gardening: Peas

This is the season for Peas on Earth.  Well, for planting peas in the earth, at least.

If you’ve watched Plain Gardening before, you know that the Gulf Coast offers planting opportunities year-round. And Gardening expert Bill Finch says the 12 days of Christmas are an important planting time.  This is when you begin your tomatoes and petunias in pots, plant more nasturtiums and lettuce, and put peas in the ground.

There are lots of varieties of peas, some climb a trellis and some grow into bushes. One of the favorites in our part of the world would be in what’s called the English pea group…particularly sugar snap peas.

Sugar snaps are planted as individual peas, but emerge in a pod—and that’s how you eat them.  They’ll peak in April. 

Peas will survive winter’s cold as long as they’re not too wet, and Bill’s beautiful soil drains well.  This soil started about six months ago as a bag of oak leaves piled on the ground with no structure around it, no chemicals added, no turning, and no added worms—although plenty of earthworms now call this home.

Peas like to be planted close together, about an inch to an inch-and-a-half apart. There’s no need to water them in if  the soil is already wet.

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