Potato & Peas
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- May 31, 2011 at 10:53 am #29153AnonymousInactive
Two questions from a very rusty veggie gardener:
All spring the soil was so wet. Then I got some aged manure and had that rototilled into the soil, which kept it moist and what I thought would be unworkable and just cause seed to rot.
Peas- I have regular peas and sugar snaps. I thnink I am too late to plant regular peas but can I have success still with sugar snaps? I was thinking of placing them behind the tomato transplants so as they filled in they would protect the peas from intense heat.
Potato-I ordered them, they are in the basement in dark but I guess not cool enough. They are soft and sprouting. Can soft potatos be planted? If not woul it be better if I order some (if I can still find some) and plant new ones instead?June 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm #29705AnonymousInactive
I’m not sure what part of the map you garden in, but I would say you’re probably not too late for peas. I’d go for it. It’s been such a cool spring and I believe you’ll do okay.
But, I wouldn’t plant them in close proximity to your tomatoes. I fear that your tomatoes will smother them and I’m not certain they’re the best companions.
Re. the potatoes — if your potatoes are soft compost them and start with new seed potatoes. Because our spring was so cold and wet, I got a late start too and when I took out my potatoes they were already profusely rooting and even a little soft and moldy. There’s no turning back from that. A few “sprouts” is fine, as long as the potatoes are still firm and show no other signs of decay.
I think waiting to work in the garden when it was so damp was a wise choice. It’s not good for the soil, and — quite truthfully — at least in my neck of the woods, the soil wasn’t warm enough yet to be very productive.
I’m a big advocate of the horticultural helplines that are free to the public and offered by state extension services throughout the country. Often, they can better answer questions specific to your location. Your local extension office can help you out, or google your state’s name and the words “extension service” and see what comes up. I garden in Iowa, and the free “hortline” number there is 515-294-3108.
Hope I’ve been helpful. Never fear… I’m sure you’ll have some great success in the garden.June 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm #29707AnonymousInactive
Thanks Janeen for your feedback. I always forget to say where I am, making it hard for someone to reply. I am in Putnam County, NY, zone 6.
I will have to try to get the peas in somewhere else, I thought they would be ok as the tomato seedlings seem to be small enough.
I had called Pine Tree Gardens where I bought the potato seed and they advised that I can plant. I did not see any rot, just soft. I don’t know I will get replacement seed so maybe I will alocate that part of the garden to the peas.
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