|Garden Fairie Selfie #9|
How early I've planted has varied and I'll admit there was a time when I actually waited too long in the spring to sow peas and as a result, I didn't get a good harvest.
I figured out what my problem was several years ago when I found an old packet of pea seeds in a box of seeds my Dad had from the last spring he planted a garden.
Right there on the packet he wrote "Planted March 6, with onions".
|Dad's packet of pea seeds from 1987|
Just for fun, I use a soil thermometer to make sure the soil temperature on March 17th is above 40F, which is what pea seeds need to germinate.
|A soil thermometer comes in handy|
If I had not built raised beds for my veg garden and instead had to till it up each spring, I would not have been able to sow peas yesterday. The ground is soft and wet, and still frozen in some places, so it is too soon to till it up. But because I have raised beds in my veg garden, which warm up faster in the spring, I merely had to rake the bed smooth, pull a few pockets of henbit, and plant.
It's a familiar beginning to the gardening season, one I can do from memory after fifty or so years of starting spring in a veg garden.