Peas on St. Patrick’s
Many gardeners look at the holidays as a guide for planting. St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is the traditional time for sowing green peas!
Don’t miss one of the very first outdoor vegetable planting dates of the season! Peas are one of the easiest plants to grow. They should be planted as soon as the ground can be worked.
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In some areas, you might have to drill holes in the soil to plant peas on St. Pat’s! Sow them right under the snow, if necessary, but save some for a later planting as well. The earlier they mature, the sweeter they’ll be.
See our new Pea planting and growing page!
Did you know? Peas turn to starch several hours after picking—which is why peas that you buy at the grocery store are often sadly lacking in flavor. Peas should be quickly steamed or eaten raw. We enjoy our peas the way they taste best, right from the shell, and we savor them all season long!
May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live. –Irish blessing
Cabbage seeds are also planted today in many regions, and old-time farmers believed that to make them grow well, you needed to plant them while wearing your nightclothes!
See our Cabbage planting and growing page.
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On St. Patrick’s Day,
the warm side of a rock turns up,
and the broad-back goose begins to lay.
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