Plant pea seeds in early spring and watch them climb a fence or trellis.
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After a long winter, many gardeners are itching to get their hands into the dirt and get busy with the task of planting the coming summer's garden. One of the first tasks for spring gardeners is to prepare the garden for early spring planting and to choose vegetables that can be planted right away. Green peas thrive in cool temperatures, so gardeners can plant pea seeds as soon as the garden soil warms slightly and is ready to work.
Prepare the planting area when the soil is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit and has dried sufficiently to allow you to work it. Add compost to the soil to help it drain more efficiently, if necessary.
Make a plan for planting. Create double rows that are 8 inches apart and space the double rows between 18 and 24 inches apart.
Erect a fence or trellis going down the center of the entire length of the double rows for the peas to climb. For best results, drive the fence or trellis posts at least 12 inches into the ground.
Plant the pea seeds 1.5 inches deep and 1 inch apart in the double rows. Cover the seeds with a light layer of soil.
Water the seeds and keep them evenly moist during the germination process.
Watch for pea seedlings to emerge from the ground in approximately 2 weeks.