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I planted PEAS again....

Post  new2this on 7/25/2010, 9:08 am

So, I planted a second crop not quite a week ago....5 days maybe....and they're up & at 'em!
My first crop (planted April 13th) was amazing; Mammoth Sugar Snaps - huge and delicious!!

I know it's a bit out of season for them right now, but I'm trying anyway.

Do I need some sort of shade protection for them? I mean, it doesn't have to be shade cloth, right? I don't want to go buy more "stuff" at this point. I have quite a fabric stash (quilter), so maybe some regular fabric will work?

Anyway....this was my FIRST yr of SFG and it ROCKED!!!!!
Spinach - awesome
Lettuce - super
Peas - amazing
Beans - so far so good
Strawberries - pretty good
Blueberries - beautiful (picked the flowers though)
Tomatoes - won't quit growing - very big!
Pepper - doing very well
Onions - great
Carrots - slow, but worth it - most still growing

What a wonderful first-yr experience!

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Post  Megan on 7/25/2010, 11:22 am

Sounds fantastic! Glad to hear SOMEONE got some peas this year... Rolling Eyes Enjoy your harvest!
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Post  elliephant on 7/25/2010, 11:58 am

Let me know how the regular fabric works out...I've been think of trying that. I've got quite the fabric stash as well (costumer).

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Post  dstubbs on 7/26/2010, 7:08 am

That's funny, peas are the most productive thing in my SFG -- nothing else has worked out quite like I expected just yet.
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Post  new2this on 7/29/2010, 10:02 am

The peas are doing just fine; they range from 1"-4" tall already!
I've shaded them with some cotton quilting fabric since it's been in the mid-80's here lately.
So far so good......maybe my 2nd crop will be a good one!
Oh yah, I also planted more carrots and they're about a half-inch high already! (planted them the same time as my peas) Maybe they'll come along alright too.
So exciting!!

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Post  camprn on 7/29/2010, 10:18 am

@new2this wrote:The peas are doing just fine; they range from 1"-4" tall already!
I've shaded them with some cotton quilting fabric since it's been in the mid-80's here lately.
So far so good......maybe my 2nd crop will be a good one!
Oh yah, I also planted more carrots and they're about a half-inch high already! (planted them the same time as my peas) Maybe they'll come along alright too.
So exciting!!
HOORAY! I'm a bit late, I just planted my second peas this week.
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Post  elliephant on 7/31/2010, 12:37 pm

That's great! Still a bit early for me to plant peas here...won't cool off to the temps you are describing for a couple more months yet. I did plant some beans and they are doing great so far.

ETA: Any pics? I would love to see how you've got it rigged.

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Post  quiltbea on 8/1/2010, 2:24 pm

glasgirl....Try tulle or cheesecloth for shading. I use cheesecloth now to shade my lettuce babies and last year, my 1st at this SFG, I used white tulle that I had in my 'stash' since like you, I'm a quilter. If you have some old lace curtains, they will do as well.

I sowed my first sugar snap pea vines April 19 and they are getting past it with very few new ones and much browning of the vines.

I sowed a 2nd crop on 6/13 and 6/20 and they are just growing big enuf and giving me a few new peas. I hope they thrive a few more weeks into the season.
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Post  Chopper on 8/1/2010, 4:40 pm

How many pea plants are you finding work best per square foot? I was thinking of pushing the envelope on it.

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Post  quiltbea on 8/1/2010, 8:40 pm

I plant a double row of peas on either side of the trellis, one seed sown every 2" apart. I don't thin at all. My sugar snaps grow over 7 feet tall and do just fine. My trellis is 4' wide along the back of a raised bed , I plant a double row one day, about half way across the row, wait 10-14 days and plant another double row.

In fact, today I harvested 2 handsful of peas once again, one from the new bed and one from the one that's getting brown. They don't last til the next day. We all love to eat them raw from the vine.
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Post  new2this on 8/2/2010, 8:09 am

I planted 8 per square, but I could definitely crowd the squares a little more.

Hi Quiltbea!

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Post  camprn on 8/2/2010, 8:37 am

@new2this wrote:I planted 8 per square, but I could definitely crowd the squares a little more. Hi Quiltbea!
I planted Sugar Ann snaps, 8 squares ( a row of 4 squares in 2 different boxes), 15 sprouted seeds per square. This worked out well in the spring.
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Post  Lavender Debs on 8/2/2010, 8:39 am

What did you end up doing? I just pulled out my peas for summer. They were 16 per foot (4 x 4) and they were amazingly healthy. There was a 4 foot trellis because I had no idea that they were going to get up to 6 and 7 feet tall.

I had to get creative with little fences and later a fold out tomato cage to encourage them to not spread forward or sideways. Still, when I pulled them out after vacation I found a square of beets that I had forgotten about. They finally quit producing because over vacation gobs of the peas "went to seed”. I think they would still be going strong if I had been harvesting them instead of camping.

What kind are you planting?
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Re: I planted PEAS again....

Post  quiltbea on 8/2/2010, 11:13 am


These are my newest sugar snap peas between the green fence posts on trellis. They are less than 2 ft tall here. Date is July 14th. Seed sown June 13th.

As you can see, the earliest sown have topped the 7 ft poles here with the others sown 2 weeks later a little behind in height. The date here is June 21st. Seed sown April 7th and 19th.
Its now August and the older ones are dying down but the newer ones are now giving me new peas.
The spacing of every 2" or so in a double row at the back of the 4 squares hasn't hurt production.
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