Spring: Snow, Peas, and Starting Seeds
Spring is here! Happy first day of spring, everyone! For many of us, it’s been a long winter.
However, ’round here today it’s SNOWING.
To celebrate the arrival of spring, I planted peas and radishes. Last year I wasn’t happy with how the peas turned out. So this year I decided to overcompensate by planting more than 200 pea seeds. We eat lots of peas in our house, and I’m planning to freeze them. I chose Dakota shelling peas for their high yield and excellence in freezing. Also, at 60 days, they’re on a perfect rotation schedule before the pole beans go in the ground.
In other seed news, I had planned to start seeds this weekend, but when I consulted my handy seed starting chart, I realized I’m about a week early.
Honing my schedule for starting seeds is still a work in progress. Start too early, and you’re stuck with a bunch of leggy seedling that desperately need to be hardened-off and put in the ground, but it’s still too cold. You can start late, and that’s OK. I’d rather be late than kill off everything.
It looks like April 20 will be the magic week for me to start most of my seeds. Tomatoes will be next week. Here in zone 6, I use mid-May as the last frost date (this year I bumped it to May 18). Of course that fluctuates each year. I’ve had great success with mid-May. Some swear by Mother’s Day, but this year it falls on May 8. A little early, don’t you think?