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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Planting Peas into a Raised Bed from Your Peat Pots and Cups: The Next Step!

Planting Peas into a Raised Bed 
from Your Peat Pots and Cups: The Next Step!

Hopefully you started some peas indoors or in your greenhouse, or as I did a combination of both. Peas love the cold weather and can take a frost, but they don't germinate well in cold wet soil. In fact, it often leads to the seeds rotting in the ground. The best way to get a 3 or 4 week jump on the season is to start your peas indoors. They transplant perfectly well to garden beds. Don't believe that garden myth you can't seed start peas. I showed you how to get them started in peat trays and cups in other videos. This is how you get them into the garden.

Peas Like the Cold - My First Vegetable Garden
When you start them in peat trays you have very little starting mix. You should start them about 3 weeks before you would get them into the ground. That is so they don't become root bound. You can see in my videos I had to hold them past 3 weeks because of bad weather. It still worked out fine. I also show you how to prepare the garden soil, protect peas from rabbits and trellis them with tree branches.

If your peas are growing in a greenhouse they are used to the sun. If they have been indoors you need to slowly introduce them to the outdoors over a period of several days. This is called plant acclimation.
You can plant 2 seeds to a cup and leave them outside during the day if it is above freezing and bring them in at night. This way you are seed starting them but also protecting them from the cold nights.

There are many ways to do it. In about 3 weeks your cup planted peas will be ready to grow in the ground. You can see in the video how the extra week lead to the roots getting bound. I also show you away of simply laying chicken wire over the peas to protect them from the rabbits. Simple and effective!

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