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Did I cook my peas? Should I plant them?

Posted by maureeninmd z6 MD (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 31, 09 at 10:41

I never get a great germination rate on my peas, and they seem to take so long to come up (I have used innoculant in the past). I am really trying to get more peas this year. Usually we only get enough for one pot of soup, as the kids eat most of them raw outside in the garden.

I read about pre-sprouting them on the Vegetables forum.

About three days ago I put the seeds in baggies with some very moist seed-starting mix. I noticed this morning that they had swelled up, but hadn't sprouted yet, so I put them on the radiator for a little heat - and unfortunately left them there for hours! When I opened the bags there was a very strong gassy smell.

Do you think they are still OK? Should I plant them today as the bed is already prepared and fenced? It is supposed to rain for the next few days. Maybe I shouldn't have been fooling with Mother Nature in the first place.

Also can I plant more intensely that the 2 inches apart, 18" between rows?


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RE: Did I cook my peas? Should I plant them?

I soaked mine in tepid water till they puffed up, then drained the water off, leaving the peas very wet, covered them and let them sit a day. There was a very strong odor when I opened them. Planted the peas in rows 2 inches apart and two inches apart in the row and they came up a lot faster for me.

RE: Did I cook my peas? Should I plant them?

I bought new seed since I wasn't sure. We've had warm weather and quite a bit of rain here, so I'm hoping that most germinate. We'll see.

Next year, I'll try your method. Thanks.

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