Peas seeds are all the rage again. Where last year we only saw them in the local supermarket, this year they are a very popular item with consumers everywhere. There are even "Pesafiterranean" type bags for sale at markets all over the world. The bags of old-fashioned peas that we used to eat when we were growing up no longer have a place in our modern diets. However, there are some very good reasons why peas are back in style.
The main reason that peas are popular again is that unlike most annuals which have to be sown, peas seeds are usually ready to harvest right after you plant them. This is a very good reason to buy pea seeds now because you can save time by not having to wait for next year's garden to be ready. Plus, there is no way that you can get ill using today's modern fertilizers. Peas seeds are very commonly used as garden fertilizers and there is no better way to use them than with the extremely effective and widely available organic fertilizers now available.
Peas seeds are very easy to germinate and start growing from. While we often associate sowing with getting the seed out of the ground (and therefore having to do a tiring and difficult garden) with desi seeds, the opposite is really true. With a sowing system like that of the Rubber Tub or the Letta Seed Coop, peas seeds will sprout rapidly and easily. It won't take long before you can watch your seedlings spring to life and start producing those delightful little peas that we so dearly love.
If you have decided to go the route of planting seeds rather than buying them, you will find that your costs will be far lower than if you tried to grow them from seed. Of course, there is no reason to believe that your local supplier will offer anything better than the very cheap imitations sold at very high prices from different dealers. There are many hybrid varieties that are much more expensive than sowing peas in bags - and you can bet your bottom dollar that they won't even produce peas worth eating. If you want to enjoy a real, healthy treat and grow your own peas, it's important that you carefully research exactly what you need to plant, and that you're ready to plant it in earnest when the time comes.
You will need to make sure that the type of peas that you plant will not only thrive in your area, but also will tolerate some frost, some heat and some moisture. While some breeds will tolerate some heat and frost, the younger ones won't. They will only tolerate mild heat, not full sun. If your garden site receives full sun, you should plan on starting early in the spring to plant peas in that season's planters.
If you're planning to grow peas outside, you can still provide them with shelter under cover during the cooler times of the year - but you should remember that some breeds of peas do better if planted in partial shade. One of the most popular pipsqueak varieties for backyard gardens is the red or white pea variety which performs best when supported by a trellis or some other form of cover structure. The red or white pipsqueak likes full sun, but will tolerate partial shade as well. There are other varieties of pipsqueak that perform best when supported by fences, walls, or a screen, so you should consider your needs carefully when deciding which garden pipsqueak to plant.
Finally, when you're planting peas in full sun in spring and late summer, make sure that they are placed in a deep potting mix with a light or thin film of vermiculite shavings. It's important that the soil retains moisture throughout the growing season - and it's especially important that the area that the seeds are in receives ample moisture. This will help prevent the problem of over-wetting as the plants' roots are unable to reach the water on the top of the soil, which can cause the plant to drown.