Early Spring Planting-Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar Snap Peas

All vegetable gardeners are eager for spring planting in the garden.  After planning new gardens and features in January, cleaning up, starting seeds and pruning in February and March, we are ready for planting as soon as possible.  The real fun begins in our area in the end of March, when, if the ground is workable and warm enough (see the link to the soil germination temperature chart), we will be planting cool season vegetables  in the ground including:

  • carrots
  • beets
  • leaf lettuce
  • spinach
  • green onions
  • spinach
  • peas

We take the soil temperature and sow seeds when it is at least 60 degrees F.   It’s easy to take the soil temperature and works well for getting to know what’s going on in your garden.  Raised beds will warm up more quickly.  So, unless we’re having a super warm spring (and we did just a a few years ago) wait beyond the traditional St. Patrick’s Day date to plant peas.    Seeds planted when the soil is too cold and wet may rot if it’s too wet and at worst will just sit and “sulk”.

I was reading about peas in an email I received about heirloom vegetables from John Scheeper’s Kitchen Garden Seeds.   The sugar snap peas we plant these days are so tender they can be eaten right off the vine or lightly steamed/sautéed with a little butter and salt for a very few minutes.  Apparently that wasn’t always the case.  Peas are also great because they provide provide the additional benefit of “fixing” nitrogen in the soil (converting nitrogen in the atmosphere into a form plants).

What will you be planting in your spring vegetable garden this year?

 

 

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