St. Patrick's Day - time to plant your peas

Sarah Hutt

Just a reminder 
St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional time to sow peas -- below is something I pulled from the Botanical Interests seed catalogue blog - if you have other sources of gardening advice please share !!  Is this helpful information???

When to Sow: Peas should be sown outdoors when soil temperature is at least 40°F, which can be 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost. Peas grow best in cool weather.
Soaking pea seed in water for 12 to 24 hours (not longer) prior to sowing speeds germination.

You can also eat pea shoots and tendrils. 

The tender green tendrils may grab at the trellis to grow, but the shoots are edible and taste a lot like peas. Harvesting a few pea shoots won’t harm the vines’ growth, but actually encourages more branches, potentially producing more peas at harvest. When plants are a few inches tall, select 2”–4” shoots from the top of the plants and pinch them off, leaving at least one set of true leaves on the plant (see illustration). Assuming you don’t snack on them right in the garden, add them to a salad or use them as a garnish for dinner.

Peas' sugary sweetness begins changing to starch soon after harvest, which is why the flavor of grocery-store peas is so humble in comparison to the heavenly, homegrown pea.​ Pea cultivars range from short (6"), to tall (8'), so no matter your container or garden space, you too can enjoy the bounty of freshly harvested peas.​

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