It’s Time for Beans and Peas!

This year I had the clucking great idea to plant peas all around the outside of my chicken coop.

“It will be fantastic,” thought I.

On a beautiful March day, I planted no less than 8 plants around the part of the coop that will be facing the sun most of the day. I thought that would provide nice shade for the birds, and give us a snack to share. And then I waited.

Tomorrow is the first day of May. As of this writing, only one plant has popped up around the coop. I should have kept planting, but I have to be honest with you here. You are not going to catch me outside on a cold day doing much of anything. It was unseasonably warm the day that I planted the peas and I was spurred to action full of hope for an early spring.

And then it got cold. So those 8 pea plants along the coop and about 8 more along the fence where we will be planting most of the climbing plants were the only peas that were planted early. Outside, anyway. We did plant a lot of peas inside. And it is a good thing too because the peas I planted along the fence didn’t do well either. So far, 3 of those plants have broken the surface.

But it’s okay. The plants that we planted indoors are clucking beautiful! In total we grew around 24 pea plants and around 36 pole bean plants. This is the first time that I can remember that we have planted peas indoors. So far, they look great! I grew up thinking that you had to direct sew pea plants because they don’t transfer well. Earlier this season we were visiting our local garden center and found pea plants there! We decided if the guy at the garden center can do it with enough confidence to put them out for sale, we could certainly try it for ourselves. And….so far, so good!

As I mentioned, these plant will be planted along the wire fence that surrounds part of our backyard. To prepare the beds, we began layering mulching hay in March. The mulching hay will gradually break down, feeding the soil and the plants, help to prevent weeds from coming up, and hold in the moisture. All of this will mean less maintenance work for us, and will hopefully help the plants to be as productive as possible.

For those interested in this sort of thing, we are in zone 6b, and the farmers Almanac lists the average last frost date as April 28th. Of course, we still could get a frost. We’ll watch the weather carefully and we cover the plants if a frost is expected. We feel fairly confident that temps will continue to trend upward.

Here’s a link to the map for those of you interested in checking what hardiness zone you are in:

https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/InteractiveMap.aspx

Check out our beautiful plants:

It was a fun day of planting! What was/will be the first thing to go into your garden this year?

Have a fabulous clucking day!

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