Plant peas now!

Saint Patrick's Day marks the time of year to jump start many gardening endeavors.

Saint Patrick's Day marks the time of year to jump start many gardening endeavors.

Every year I fail to grow a decent pea crop.

Every year I plant them too late.

Thomas Jefferson used to have a competition with his neighbors to see who could produce the first crop of peas. The winner (he always won) had a dinner party featuring said pea crop. I think that concept is grand.  

Maybe next year I will have a pea challenge. This year I am just hoping to harvest more than 2 pea pods (like last year...) 

I am am starting my pea seeds in multiple spots.  Ideally, pea seeds would be started in the ground where the plant will be grown.  However, I primarily container garden.  I'm hoping to transplant the future pea seedlings into an Earthbox.  Since I am very new to gardening in this house, I'm trying to come up with the best system. 

A simple plastic container can be used as a seedling "greenhouse."

A simple plastic container can be used as a seedling "greenhouse."

I am trying to start seeds in the following ways:

  • In an outside bed (to be transplanted into containers later) 
  • Pots inside our sunroom
  • Pots on our patio, inside a recycled "greenhouse"
  • Cold sown in milk jugs  (More on that tactic later)
Sugar snap peas are my favorite!  

Sugar snap peas are my favorite!  

I have two types of heirloom seeds and am very excited!