April 22, 2019

Preparing and Planting Peas

Everybody is thinking about the spring gardens, including all of us here at my Bedford, New York farm. We’ve already planted many seeds in the vegetable garden - radishes, carrots, parsnips, and the season’s first peas.

Peas thrive in cool weather, and young plants can even tolerate light frosts. It’s important to plant peas as soon as possible in spring in order to get a full harvest before hot summer temperatures arrive. My head gardener, Ryan McCallister, planted several varieties of shelling peas and edible pods along the fence line of the vegetable garden. I am a big fan of succession planting so this planting will be followed by another in a couple of weeks in order to maximize the garden's yield.

Here are some photos - enjoy.