Connecticut’s finicky weather… it’s hot, it’s cold. It’s snowing, there’s a volcano. It’s really all over the place. Last year I got started too late with my plantings and while I enjoyed a reasonable bounty, it just wasn’t spread out enough.
I was determined to start things earlier this year and got many of my seed starts (celeriac, some greens, some tomatoes, broccoli, basil) going between 3/3 and 3/25. And I really wanted to get peas going. It’s a gardening tradition to plant those peas before most anything. St. Patrick’s day is a good target it seems, but I got a bit too eager.
I’ve got an Earthbox container on my deck that seemed like a great place to start my peas. It’s moveable and I can push it into the sun to keep things warm. I planted two varieties on 3/12 and since then we’ve had some warm weather, but some very cold nights and days. I dug into the dirt last night and could see that only one of the seeds had started a rootlet… and the germination was probably going to stop there. There was also some rotting.
Lesson learned. I’m going to replant in the next couple of days and this time I’ll treat the seeds with some inoculant – the rhizobial bacteria that help nitrogen fixers do their thing better. (Don’t make the noob mistake I did and try and look up pea inoculate… that doesn’t work out.)
Things are warming up around here and we’ll get to that 60 degree sweet spot for the pea soil soon.