Thursday, April 4, 2013

Soil Temperatures

I meaasured the soil temperatures and pH's in the garden beds and sadly still too cold for peas (43) in the spot where I planned to put them on Monday. So I'm hoping this am it'll be warmer.  Overall the beds varied more than I expected in the pH department.

Bed by # starting

7: 43 deg                        8: 43 deg
   pH 6.5                            pH 6.5

5: 45 deg                        6: under hoop
    pH 7.0

3: 46 deg                        4: 50 degrees!
   pH 6.5                            pH 6.5

1: 46 deg                        2: 50 deg
    pH 6.5                           pH 5.5

Front of gate
L side:                            R side:
46 deg                           46 deg
pH 6.0                           pH 6.5

So I wasn't settled on where everything was going anyway so I revamped it this week and now putting this crop of peas in bed 1. Going to collect the wood ash from parent's fireplace to supplement them.
Per Botanical Interests see below soil temp of 40 is enough. I was going on 45 from the Almanac?

Pea Shelling Green Arrow HEIRLOOM Seeds

Pisum sativum

Item #0037

65 days. Remember as a kid the fun of popping open a pod and eating the sweet green peas found inside? Bring back the memories and enjoy the ease of growing peas on productive, disease-resistant plants that reach only two feet tall. Pods set in pairs atop the plant make harvesting easy. Great for fresh eating and freezing.
This packet plants two 8-foot rows.
Days to Emerge:5-10 days
Seed Depth:1"
Seed Spacing:
Row Spacing:
Do not thin

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost or as soon as soil can be worked. soil temperatures must be above 40° F. in USDA zones 8 or warmer, sow in fall or winter for winter harvest
When to start inside: Not recommended.
Special germination instructions: Soak seed in water for 12 - 24 hours before sowing.
Harvesting: Shelling peas should be harvested when the pods are plump, about 3 weeks after flowering. Peas that are too mature are tough, and will cause the plant to stop producing; therefore, harvest regularly when pods are at their peak. Use scissors to harvest or hold vine with one hand and pick pod with the other to avoid breaking the brittle vines.
Artist: Eve Reshetnik