Tall telephone peas @ Paper Crane Farm 2013
Tall telephone peas @ Paper Crane Farm 2013

Sunday got up into the mid 50s. Not bad for February in New England. Coming back from the park, the kids were asleep in the car. With two kids asleep, we used our temporary independence to throw some peas into one of our raised beds. I’ve never planted anything outdoors in February before. It’s been such a mild winter though, that I thought I’d give it a shot. If it was too early, I’m out some peas. If it works though, I’ve extended the growing season. These are the lean months, when your fall crops are mostly gone and the spring crops haven’t come in yet. When deciding what to grow, anything that can give us something to pick earlier in the spring has tremendous value.

When we moved into this house, there were sliding glass doors to the shower/bath. We took them out and hung up a curtain. We keep those doors in the shed. I propped them on the corners of the raised bed, right over the peas, to create an improvised cold frame. I don’t know if it was necessary, but hopefully it will warm the soil a little.

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