Everyone loves spring peas. So, the sooner you get them in the better right? Well, maybe…. The thing with peas is that although they are cold hardy and don’t mind frosts or being snowed on they don’t necessarily love to germinate in cold soil.
The Oregon State Extension Office says that while the range for pea germination is 40°-75°, you should shoot for 75°. Difficult to do when ground temps are still in the 40s. That explains why the peas we planted in early Feb didn’t come up until early April. What to do? The video below has a great workaround for this dilemma.