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Planting Valentine's Day Peas

Soaked snow peas, ready for planting

I know it's a few days before Valentine's Day, but --- everybody else is doing it!  I succumbed to the sunny weather on Monday and planted my snow peas.  Since we save our seeds and don't have the pink, antifungal coating on them, I consider it doubly important to soak pea seeds until they plump up.  Then I plant them in a warm spell and in a sunny spot so that they'll sprout fast rather than rot in the ground.

Hen number 6 (the roaming loner) snagged a pea out of my cup as I hoed a planting trench into my pea bed.  In chicken world, that pea was obviously quite delicious, so much so that I had to quickly move the rest of my seed peas out of her reach then sneak in the plantings and lure her away with some chicken feed.  I'm still not sure she won't go back and dig up my pea seeds, but if not we can expect some crunchy pods in May.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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