My peas aren’t exactly the success story of my garden. I believe that this is, in large part, because one package of snow peas is dead. The package says they’re good until August 2012, but I’m thinking it’s wrong.
Above is a photo of the current state of my peas (with a few radishes between the poles). I have sown them in three successive plantings:
On the 10th of April I planted the first batch. That was the full moon phase (good for root vegetables). They were all no-shows. I attribute this to the fact that I soaked the peas overnight rather than the phase of the moon.
On the 16th of April, the last quarter moon phase (nothing should be planted) I sowed seeds on the inside poles (the bottom row in the photo above). 7 peas around the right most poles and 8 snow peas on the left (all plantings are 3 seeds per pole). 5 of the peas are going well, none of the snow peas sprouted.
Then on the 30th of April I planted again. Regular peas around outside poles (the right 3 of the top row in the photo above) and filled gaps in the inside poles. The snow peas went around the 4 left-most poles (inside and outside). The snow peas all remain no-shows. The 30th of April was the first quarter moon phase – perfect for peas. This planting is slightly behind the planting of 2 weeks earlier but are they as much behind as a 2 week delay would explain? Did the moon influence these?
None of the snow peas have sprouted. I suspect the dried peas are dead. I’m giving them one more chance. I’ve taken the remainder of the packet and spread them on a wet paper towel. I’ll cover them with a wet paper towel that I’ll mist daily. If anything sprouts, it will get planted. Otherwise I’m putting more normal peas in the ground and will have my 3rd successive planting of peas.