I planted peas last week, so the 2015 summer garden is officially underway.
I probably should have gotten them in the ground earlier, but we had heavy, wet snow last weekend and I was ensconced inside with a good book and hot tea.
With our changing weather patterns it’s hard to know exactly when to sow seeds and how our plants will respond to temperature extremes, but we do our best and keep trying.
Gardening always has been, at its heart, an act of faith.
These are organic Oregon Sugar Pod snow pea seeds. They soaked in filtered water inside for 24 hours before planting, so they were nice and plump. I planted half of the packet, and will save the other half for a fall crop. The seeds are planted about an inch apart — twice as dense as the recommended 2-inch separation. When the plants emerge I’ll thin them and we’ll enjoy the tender pea shoots on pasta.
To give the vines something to climb on, I planted them around a cone-shaped support woven of willow:
How about you? Have you started planting your summer garden yet? What do you hope to grow this year? I’d love to hear about your plans.
Hugs and happy digging,
P.S. My heart is heavy this morning, mourning for the people of Nepal. So far away, all I know to do is offer the two things that can help — prayers and support. Organizations like Mercy Corps and American Red Cross are on the ground right now providing assistance, and we are grateful.
Photo: Mercy Corps