Planting Spring Gardens: Peas

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Inoculate pea seeds before planting them in a spring garden. Start planting peas in a garden with the tips in this free video on gardening and farming from a professional organic gardener. View Video Transcript

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Daniel Botkin

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We're planting shelling peas today. One of the most delicious browsable crops in the spring garden. OKay, we're planting from seed, the traditional way. And, one thing you want to know about the legumes are that they do better if they're inoculated with a certain type of bacteria which they actually work in conjunction with these bacteria to produce nitrogen. Not so much produce but to fix it out of the atmosphere, if you can believe that. So, how do we inoculate the seed? We dampen them and then we dust them with this magic inoculant which comes in a little bag. And these are dried bacterial organisms, and you can see we just basically dust them in so that there's a little contact between the seed. And, now, my seed are inoculated and I can lay them in my trough at about 2, 3 inches apart. Notice, I don't fuss over ceremony, as long as we get a track of peas that's what counts. And, that's probably all we need for now. And, finally, we want to gently cover that track of peas with pure earth, no weeds. See, weed material goes out. We want to cover, carefully, and then mark the spot. Cover it with mulch, mark the spot. And in about 8 to 10 days, maybe sooner if we get some rain, we'll be seeing some real beautiful action. And there you have it.