Easy Pea-sey: How to Plant Peas | The Old Farmer's Almanac

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.

Jettybooks (not verified)

4 months 2 weeks ago

I very much enjoyed your video.

Jane from VA (not verified)

1 year 2 months 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)

1 year 2 months 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)

5 years 2 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)

5 years 2 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)

10 years 2 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.

johnsrutgers (not verified)

10 years 2 months ago

are big boy tomato seeds okay lso beefsteak seeds? I'm in passaic county nj and just seeded indoors.. i tried rutgers store plants last season and they weren't all that big a deal,, even the taste of them weren;t a big deal.. what happened to real jersey tomatoes?

If you're asking if one tomato as good as another, it's a matter of taste. Yours as well as the tomato's. Not all of us taste the same things, and not all tomatoes taste the same (but you know that...).
Most people these days suggest growing heirloom tomatoes for taste. With heirlooms, sweetness and acidity can run the gamut from very sweet to very acidic; other "tastes" can be saltiness, hints of citrus, smokiness—even sort of aftertaste (possible caused by acidity) to name a few.
To find a tomato whose taste you like and want to grow, go to a farm stand (or a few) and taste several varieties, especially heirlooms. The farmer may even have seeds to sell! Then you can grow what you really like.
We hope this helps. Thanks for your interest in The Old Farmer's Almanac.

Anon Ymous (not verified)

11 years 2 months ago

At 6'2" / 235. I'm not really considering going out to buy a size 14 Pump to do this technique... also I'd be afraid of losing my spot in the Poker Club.

But it would make such a fun photo op. LOL