Monday, March 9, 2015

Planting Peas

Peas are one of the easiest things to grow.
They sprout and grow fast.
Before you know it you are crunching on crisp pods right off the vine.

This year I am trying a new method of planting.
Something to help with the weed control.
The last few years, I feel like I am spending too much time on those weeds and not enough on the harvesting.
So much went to waste last year because I just plain ran out of time.

So, here is my trial run with weed fabric.
I  hope to share it all with you in an effort to see where I succeed and where I fail!

I decided peas were one crop that I really struggle keeping weed free. 
They seem to get out of control just as the peas start to pop up with their button round leaves.

Until the plants are large, floppy, and bearing flowers, I feel like it is a feat to keep them fairly free of weeds.

So, here are the particulars on my attempt ...

I cut a four foot section of weed fabric.

Mine is a felt- like fabric that I was able to glean from sister and brother in law....who is in construction, 

{Similar HERE}

I laid out enough to cover a 48 ft. row in soil I had tilled and prepared.
I know that is huge and some of you may not have a garden that big!

Using small wire stakes, I overlapped the fabric and hammered the stakes in.
My plan is to treat the four foot section like a square foot garden.
{Similar stakes HERE}

Three rows about a foot apart, planted three weeks apart.

I just used scissors {because I couldn't find my Exacto knife} to cut a slit all the way down one side, with about 6 inches to spare on the outside.

In three weeks, I will cut another slit to plant in about a foot from the first, and then a third planting row in 6 weeks.

Then, using more of the wire stakes, I made sure the fabric was secure on both sides of the opening.

I left about a 2 inch wide gap to plant in.

The seeds were spaced about 2 inches apart, and I gave them a good amount of water.

Now I wait.
Wait for the first signs of lime green budding out of the earth.

And here is to hoping weed control will be a wee bit easier!

Wishing you a lovely start to the week!



Unknown said...

Sure looks like this would work great! I do plan on using more of the weed fabric this year. Great photos! Wish we were this close to planting here!

Unknown said...

That looks like a great idea. How do you water with this system? Does the water pass through the felt? I set my rows up in a similar fashion, but then I place a drip hose down the center where your felt would be. Looks like a great project. I HATE weeds and grass! So, is this roofing felt?

Julia said...

Hi Emily! I don't think this is roofing felt....but maybe?? I hope to add drip hoses next year. That would make it even easier! Right now, I just water overhead. The water takes a while to pass through the felt, but so far the peas are coming up and seem to be getting enough moisture. I hope it works!!


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