The Q&A Archives: Planting Snowpeas

Question: This year I tried to grow snow peas, but the seeds rotted. I was wondering if I could grow an edible peas and beans in southern Michigan.

Answer: Yes, you should be able to grow peas and beans in your region. I grow them all the time here in Vermont! I plant my snowpeas a few weeks before the last predicted frost date (I could actually plant them earlier, but I never seem to get them in.) You can plant peas as soon as the soil can be worked and the soil temperature reaches 40F.<br><br>Although peas are early season crops, they still are susceptible to rot and damping off diseases. Since you have had problems with rotting, I suggest you construct araised bed for your peas, especially if you have heavy soil. A raised bed, amended with lots of organic matter, will drain better and warm up sooner. <br><br>If seedlings disappear, suspect animal pests and/or birds. You can deter them by covering seedlings with a floating row cover until they are a foot or so tall.<br><br>Wait until the weather warms up considerably and all danger of frost is past before planting beans.

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