Strategy for the Timely Planting of Peas?

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I have always planted my peas on st. Patrick’s Day (a green activity for a green day) but this year, with three Nor’easters in March, one due tomorrow and yet another forecast for next week, the wisdom of this habit seems ill advised.  Peas are a crop that require cool weather to bear well and usually give up when the hot weather arrives here in Connecticut, usually mid-June.  If I wait too long to get them planted I’ll lose out on this lovely vegetable entirely.  I plant snow peas and we’d certainly miss out on the beautiful healthy stir fry dishes we anticipate for spring.  Well, THAT would be terrible so I’m taking a gamble.  I planted them on St. Patrick’s Day in a snow free spot in the garden, watered them and covered them with a portable cold frame a friend found for me at Costco.  The sun has warmed the soil enough to keep the ground from freezing at night.  It remains to be seen if the little cold frame can withstand the weight of 8 to 12″ of snow/”wintery mix” forecast for tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

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    harold losey said,

    I love it! I can’t wait to see the picture of them poking their heads above ground. Good luck. Harold

    On Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 10:06 AM A Naturalist’s Table wrote:

    > naturaliststable posted: ” I have always planted my peas on st. Patrick’s > Day (a green activity for a green day) but this year, with three > Nor’easters in March, one due tomorrow and yet another forecast for next > week, the wisdom of this habit seems ill advised. Peas are a crop t” >

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    It’s an experiment. My fingers are crossed that the little cold frame doesn’t collapse.

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    Peg North said,

    Hope it works, fresh peas are so yummy!

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