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comments (5) March 14th, 2010

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Mosey Mosey, member
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I had a terrible yield on my pea crop last year. I am in zone 6 and started my peas indoors and transferred them outdoors. They did very poorly. Can you offer any advice? I heard that it is best to soak the peas for 24 hours prior to planting, is this true?

Also, I purchased tomato seeds, but have not started them yet, is it too late?  Should I just go out and purchased starter plants?



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carlbeckt writes: Good working.
Posted: 1:19 am on June 3rd
marcpatton5 writes: Great One
Posted: 2:26 am on March 25th
Ruth writes: Mosey, this is your lucky day. We've just launched a video series called HomeGrown/HomeMade, and the first topic we're covering is how to plant peas. Here's the link:
Posted: 2:48 pm on March 18th
Thanatop writes: A few comments on your peas. First, peas hate to be transplanted. They are one of the veggies who do not like their roots disturbed. That is probably a major contributor in why you had difficulty last year. You will get a better result by direct planting the seeds outside. And since you are in zone six, you can plant right now. Its not too late at all. Second, peas are "nitrogen fixers", meaning they can pull nitrogen from the air and help your soil by converting it into usable nutrients. However, in order to best perform their magic, they should be planted by preparing the seeds with a pea inoculant. You can find this in any good garden store, and it will help the peas grow better. Best wishes - I love peas.
Posted: 9:22 am on March 18th
Tengrain writes: Hi -

I don't think it is too late to start seeds... but you may want to consider growing the non-pole type peas if you don't think you have time until things get hot. My peas here in zone 9 are about 3 - 4 inches tall, and they are Thomas Laxton (a tall heirloom). I will be harvesting them until June if last year is any indication.

Same with tomatoes - maybe instead of beefstake, grow smaller varieties than you did last year.


Posted: 11:16 pm on March 17th
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