Mary's Veggie Garden

April 6, 2015

It’s Planting Time!!

Filed under: Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 4:30 pm

Well, kinda sorta, it is planting time.

Pea planting 3/31/2015

Snow pea planting 3/31/2015

I like to sow the snow peas by April 1. Rain was predicted for that day and most of the following week so I made a point of planting 3/31. There was snow remaining in the path but the bed was clear and not frozen. It was a bit wet, too wet for a tiller, but OK for working with a fork and rake.

I also planted radishes and spinach.  Tomorrow I plan to plant snap peas in the bed to the left, behind me. It’s been warm enough this week to melt all the snow in the garden and it gets enough sun to be workable.

In contrast, my well mulched bed of shade perennials is still frozen rock solid, although 5′ away a crocus is blooming near a wall.


  1. I gotta ask, will the snow peas survive frost? I would love to get out and plant some but the frosts are still pretty hard here in the mornings. Also, I had no idea that radishes could be planted this early. Last year was my first time really planting more than tomatoes and this year I am going all out, so any guidance you can give would be greatly appreciated. I’m in the southeastern portion of Michigan.

    Comment by Tilly Frueh — April 6, 2015 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

    • Oh, yes, spring planted peas will survive a hard frost. I’ve been planting peas 4/1 for 30 years in Poughkeepsie, NY and in Tolland, CT when we lived there. Our last frost is often in early May and we’ve had snow and days down to 27 F after the peas were up. Keep in mind than none these plants will be up until around 4/15 – all the action is underground for a while. (BTW peas planted for fall harvest will NOT survive frost because they grew in the hot weather.)

      If the seed packet says to plant as soon as the soil can be worked, it can be direct sown as soon as the soil is thawed and not too soggy. Lettuce can also be sown now.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — April 7, 2015 @ 8:40 am | Reply

      • Thank you so much. I’m going outside right now to clear the area where I wanted the peas this year. Then hopefully I can sow my seeds. So excited! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

        Comment by Tilly Frueh — April 7, 2015 @ 4:01 pm

      • Mary, I mentioned you in my post this afternoon and put a link to your post on planting the peas, I hope that’s okay. If it isn’t please let me know and I’ll certainly remove it. Thanks again for your help.

        Comment by Tilly Frueh — April 7, 2015 @ 6:48 pm

      • Links and references are fine.

        Comment by marysveggiegarden — April 7, 2015 @ 7:57 pm

  2. I finally got out yesterday and started to plant. No peas yet though as that bed is still frozen.

    Comment by daphnegould — April 7, 2015 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

  3. Around here they say plant peas by St. Patty’s Day, so April 1 is kind of conservative. This year no one was planting peas on St. Patty’s Day.

    Comment by dvelten — April 7, 2015 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

    • Back in 1979 my neighbor told me the same thing – but the few times I’ve tried snow peas on St. Patty’s Day, harvest was only 2-3 days earlier. This year on April 17 there were still several inches of icy, crusty snow over most of the garden.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — April 8, 2015 @ 7:11 am | Reply

  4. I’m also hoping to have my peas in the ground within the next few days. Like Tilly, I’ve never planted peas out this early, but will be giving it a go this year.

    Comment by Margaret — April 8, 2015 @ 8:44 pm | Reply

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