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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.

See our Best Days to Plant Seeds—customized to your frost dates!

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 Lore

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.

Cast Your Vote

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a. Yes—all the way!
b. In spirit.
c. No, not really.
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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.

–weather proverb

Special Offer from The Old Farmer’s Almanac


Easy Pea-sey

We’ve got a way to plant your peas without getting your hands dirty—no blarney! Watch video to see how.

Great Almanac Giveaway

Check out this month’s prize:

20 eco-friendly seed packets for you! AND, select 5 friends who will receive 10 packets each! Urban Farmer offers a large variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds for home gardens.


As we watch the weather change, we tend to notice the different cloud formations. Not only do they capture our imagination with their different shapes and patterns but also they can tell us much about the weather—like a face reflecting someone’s mood.

Here are some ways to “read” the clouds in the sky above:

The higher the clouds, the finer the weather.

If you spot wispy, thin clouds up where jet airplanes fly, expect a spell of pleasant weather.
When clouds appear like towers, the earth is refreshed by frequent showers.

When you see large, cauliflower-like clouds that look like castles in the sky, there is a lot of “dynamic” weather going on inside.
Smorgasbord of clouds: Expect rain or snow.

If you have what amounts to a hodgepodge of all different types of clouds before you, weather is arriving from all different directions. This chaotic sky usually signals rain or snow.

See more about cloud types.

See more about do-it-yourself weather forecasting.

What is the Almanac’s long-range weather forecast for your region? See two months for free.

St. Patrick’s Day inspires us to share a few more delicious dinner recipes from our archives:

Irish Potato Pie
This wonderful potato custard pie is an Old Farmer’s Almanac recipe contest winner.

Irish Lamb Stew
Mint jelly and hot biscuits are a must with this traditional dish.

Bella Cullen’s Colcannon
Irish comfort food at its best!

Video: Corned Beef and Cabbage

Did you see our new Corned Beef and Cabbage video in last week’s newsletter? If not, click here for both the video and recipe.

See more St. Patrick’s Day recipes.