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Sugar snap peas, lettuce, radishes—these are the first signs of spring in many gardens. There is a tradition of planting peas by St Patrick’s Day or when soil temperature is 45°F, but there’s no need to rush it. Sown when soil is 60°F, peas will germinate quickly, and can vigorously out-pace those earlier, colder, plantings.
Start with well-drained soil in a sunny or lightly shaded spot, close to a fence, trellis or other support. Adding compost and hardwood ashes will provide organic matter and potassium for well-developed roots and blossoms. When danger of frost has passed, sow seeds 1 inch deep and 3 inches apart, and keep moist. A a coating of commercially-available pea inoculant at planting can improve yields. Plants emerge in 7 to 10 days.
At 3 inches tall, thin plants to 6 inches apart and mulch to keep soil cool around their shallow roots. At 8 inches tall, pea shoots will start to climb. Provide regular water during flowering. Avoid handling plants when leaves are wet.
Start harvesting in 50 days when pods are small, flat “snow peas” or a day or two later when they’re plump and crunchy snap peas. Pick frequently for higher yields.
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