Just like last year, I’m chitting my peas in preparation for planting in a few days. Hopefully they’ll sprout by Sunday so I can plant them. I’m soaking them for six to eight hours today, then I’ll drain and rinse 2-3 times/day until I plant. This gets the plant going before being planted, and contributes to strong germination.
Peas for this year:
- Cascadia Snap Pea (65 days)
- Sugarsnap Pea (68 days)*
- Blizzard Snow Pea (62 days)*
- Mayfair Shell Pea (72 days)*
- Sugar Ann Snap Pea (58 days)*
- Black Kabouli Garbanzo Bean (115 days)*
We didn’t have good results with fava beans last year, and never harvested enough to eat, so we gave them up. (Neither of us had ever eaten a fava bean, either, so it was an easy decision to make.) But we all love garbanzo beans, and I didn’t plant them last year, so we’re planting them at the same time as the peas this year. The Black Kabouli Garbanzo Bean is supposed to be cold tolerant. I’m hoping for a good harvest! The seed packet is rather brief, so I don’t know how to grow them. Do I need to support/trellis them? Do they need special amendments or care? I dunno. Will google and see what I find.
We hope to get out and work in the garden this weekend. Jason will till the garden and weed the cold frame, and I’ll plant peas when he’s done. I also hope to sow some cold tolerate seedlings in the cold frame (like cabbages and broccoli).
We bought a little greenhouse on sale at Menard’s, so we hope to get that set up, as well. I’ll put seedlings out there, and will transition all my nightshades out there once it’s warm enough at night to do so. I’m dreaming of winter salad crops with this greenhouse! Very exciting.
*seed packets leftover from 2009; Fedco’s 2010 Sugarsnaps and Sugar Anns had pea weevils, so we were given a refund and told to incinerate them! I sprouted theminstead, and will be feeding them to the chickens, who are far from the garden.