The Q&A Archives: Fall Peas

Question: I have been working on ten 70inch rows of peas (maestro). I started planting a couple weeks ago, and have a few
rows left to go. The plantings are all staggered, a couple rows planted every few days. The first 4- 5 rows have been up, the most recent have not germinated yet. Before I started these rows I planted some snowbird peas
which are flowering now. The seeds were all soaked overnight for quick germination and inoculated. My question(s) are: Is it too late for me to plant the last few rows?? (Sept. 1). I know that frost will not kill seeds and
seedlings early in the spring, but I don't know how the first fall frost affects pea plants that are producing. The
plants should produce in 61 days, which would be Nov 1 approx. for the last planting. Will it work?

Answer: Usually the suggested timing is to plant them far enough before the expected frost date to include days to harvest plus about ten days to compensate for the generally slowing down effect of the season. Depending on your frost date, the microclimate in your garden and what type of protection you have for them, it might work but I suspect it is a bit late although you might experiment and see -- maybe frost will be late this year!

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