Seeing the first signs that spring is around the corner gardeners in southeast Kentucky don’t know what kind of weather to expect from day to day but that doesn’t stop them from working in their garden. 
       February is when the planning process of your garden and the planting of some late winter seeds (such as peas) can be done.  You may get an early start on your gardening season by planting peas and sweet peas so try to take advantage of those sunny days by getting back in your garden.
             Steps for                           Garden Preparation
·    Get your Garden tools prepared and ready for use.
·        Plan proper crop rotation       
·        Take soil samples to make sure you place the proper amendments to your soil         
·        Compost or well-rotted manure are excellent organic amendments that can be added to your soil and are cheaper than most hardware store fertilizers

                 Helpful hints for planting peas

·        Align rows North to South allowing plants the most possible sun.
·        Dig a trench 4 inches deep, covering the seeds with only 1 inch of soil, then fill in as seedlings grow
·        Space seeds about 1 to 2 inches apart in the row
·        Thin seedlings to 2 inches apart when they are 4 inches high
·        Space rows about 24 to 30 inches apart.      
·          Pole types can be planted on both sides of the trellis support to double production.
·        Seeds usually sprout in 10 to 20 days, depending on  weather conditions
·         Plant seeds 2 to 3 week apart, until mid-spring for continual harvest.
·        Be sure to put up proper support for climbing (pole) varieties, as soon as seedlings are 2 to 4 inch tall                                                              


Pea Trellis


Chad Brock, Red Bird Mission