Answer: It sounds as though you're all prepared and ready to grow a fall crop of peas. Pea seeds germinate best at soil temperatures of 50F - 77F degrees and will emerge in 6-14 days when sown about one inch deep and one inch apart. Standard germination rate for peas is about 80 percent. Since peas grow best in cooler temperatures, perhaps your gardening friends have planted too early for a fall crop. Peas take from 75 to 120 days to mature, depending upon variety. (Maestro matures in 110 days, Snowbird in 58 days.)You can harvest right up until frost, so count back the number of weeks from your usual first frost of the season, add about a week for germination and plant on the target date for the variety you're growing. Keep the seedbed moist until the plants emerge, and be very productive. Good luck with your garden!
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