Update on Peas!
According to Mel’s All New Square Foot Gardening book, peas should be planted 5 weeks before the last frost date. A friend of mine heard you could plant anytime after President’s day (end of February). However, the reference sheet for growing peas (from the Utah State Extension) says to plant as soon as soil temperatures reach 40 degrees.
Since I don’t have a thermometer for my soil, and I had NO IDEA when this would be, I called my local extension office (that’s what I love about the state extension–free advice!). They said: “As soon as you can work the soil.” With raised garden beds and Mel’s Mix, it is easy to work the soil as long as the snow is melted!
My group is GREEN, and is on week -9. I wasn’t planning to plant my peas for 4 more weeks, but I am excited to get started now. I am going to update the newsletters and charts to reflect this new information, but I wanted any feedback about when to start peas in your area. I was thinking week -9 to week -5. Does this seem too early or late to any of you?