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Easy Peas-y: How to Plant Peas

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It’s an old American tradition to plant peas on St. Patrick’s Day! Janice shows us her trick on how to plant peas in early spring if there’s snow! 

St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is the traditional day for planting peas, one of the easiest plants to grow. It’s said to bring luck come harvesttime. And it makes sense: Soil is typically thawed and workable, and these veggies prefer to get started in chilly spring weather.

Ready to grow peas? See our complete growing guide on How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Peas.

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Jane from VA (not verified)

8 months 3 weeks ago

Make the holes with the tines of a pitchfork! Makes 4-5 holes at a time and the handle provides great support if your balance isn't so good.

Anne (not verified)

8 months 3 weeks ago

nice to know Green Peas planted early in the Season; I saved some peas from last yr. crop to plant this year for the pea-flowers;

Eileen Atkinson (not verified)

4 years 8 months ago

For those of use who are elderly, have lousy balance - or whatever - your video showing the use of a "high heel" shoe to make the hole, could be worse than getting my hands dirty - never mind a cold, likely wet and dirty foot, and a sore back gimping around on uneven shoes. Rather, why not hammer a large nail into the end of a broom stick [or whatever is handy and useful for this], and use it. Makes a nice hole and also gives balance. The paper tube is a nice thought.

Samantha (not verified)

4 years 8 months ago

Here on the North Shore of LI, we have to wait a bit. My garden soil is still quite frozen, and when it isn't, it's so raw, cold and wet that the seeds macerate and I have to plant again anyway in mid-April. So why go out in the muck and mush to plant when I'll be wasting the effort? Heavy clay soils like ours - even "improved" means waiting a few weeks more. It's OK. We're patient.

BC Gardener (not verified)

9 years 8 months ago

After you harvest a few of those fresh peas, try this method of cooking them:
Line a skillet (one that has a good fitting lid) with lettuce leaves (the sturdier outer leaves work well). Put your shelled peas on top of the lettuce, add a little salt, butter and a VERY small amount of water. Cover with another layer of lettuce leaves then the lid. Cook over low to medium heat until the peas are done to your liking. The only thing better is eating the peas right out of their shells in the garden.