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Post  dixie on 8/13/2017, 9:25 pm

I have planted seeds twice for Sugar Bon, still no luck.  I have kept the beds under shade cloth & kept the beds moist.  I'm thinking it's too hot for them to germinate.  Has anyone else had any luck? 

Also, my cabbage seeds aren't germinating well.

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Re: Anyone growing fall peas in zone 7 TN

Post  AtlantaMarie on 8/14/2017, 7:08 am

Hi Dixie. Don't think we've met...

I'd agree it's too hot for peas right now. But you might try starting them inside. Same with cabbage....
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Post  yolos on 8/14/2017, 10:17 am

I usually grow English Shell peas in the fall.  I am a little further south than you are so planting times may differ.  I try to sow seed by 9/1.  Last year it was way too hot to plant on 9/1 so I planted about 9/15.  The trick is to find peas with short maturity dates.  As far as English Shell Peas, I have found Strike Peas is the best variety as far as maturity goes.  But they are not as prolific as Alaska.  Alaska is a pole pea and strike does not need a pole but likes a 2 - 3 foot fence surrounding them.
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Post  dixie on 8/14/2017, 11:58 am

Atlanta Marie:  I'm pleased to meet you!

I think I'll try again in September.  I'll soak the seeds overnight.  Maturity is 56 days, so they might not make it. 

Thanks y'all
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:40 pm

I'm in 6A. I wasn't successful last year with fall peas, but every year is different. It was hotter last year, and I really started too late, and was using taller peas. I think short peas might be better in the fall because they have less far to grow before they are big enough to flower??

This year I started Laxton's Progress #9 Peas inside on the 2nd - I didn't soak them, but had them in a wet paper towel, so they could absorb the water slowly and not drown. They germinated and I sowed them on the 9th. I think they were ready before that but rain and/or other things prevented me from getting them out sooner.

Here's what they looked like on the 16th (they look thick because I sow about 20/sq; the other plants are pakchoy and cabbages, and that's a jewel weed plant leaning over the bed in the back):
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Post  dixie Today at 9:50 am

Lookin' good.  It was 94 degrees yesterday, so I don't think I'll bother with it & just wait for spring.  My turnips & rutabagas sprouted well & my cabbages & cauliflower finally sprouted.  I did them in flats & kept them in the shade.  The cauliflower might not mature in time, but I started Frigga cabbage, which is a January King type, & should be OK during the winter.

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