Pea and Bean newbie in Berks
I have not grown peas or beans before, but I want to try this year. I planted peas outdoors on March 20, but have not seen a single sprout yet. I didn't do the damp towel thing - I just followed the seed pack instructions.
I tried dampening some Taylor Dwarf Horticultural Beans that I got in a seed swap last year, but none of them germinated. Not sure if I did it wrong, or of it was the beans. They swelled up a bit - but more like they expected to be cooked, not planted.
Green beans and garden peas are great, but I really want peas and beans to dry for soup. Are peas for soup just garden peas that matured? Where can I find the pea innoculant I keep reading about - garden centers don't seem to carry it.
What about beans? What shell beans do other gardeners have luck with around in Central and SE PA? I'd prefer heirloom or open-pollinated varieties so I can save seeds and grow my favorites every year.
Thanks in advance for sharing your suggestions.