Time Is Precious, Seeds Are Cheap

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Lately spring has come so late my presidents day peas have rotted in the ground, use a greenhouse like device.
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What's the plastic for? Weed barrier (I doubt it, but I've seen it used that way) or greenhouse?
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@2 Those are floating row covers. Kind of like a thin, porous, Tyvek material that lets light, air, and water through, but insects and other small pests out.

But in my garden they mostly serve to warm the soil a few degrees underneath, so as to speed up germination and protect young seedlings from cold night time temperatures. I remove them once the seedling are a couple inches tall.
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Very useful information. Thanks.
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Thanks.
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@3 Does hay do the same thing? Or does it rot the baby plants? I suppose it's too messy to compost hay.
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@6 Floating row covers are light enough that seedlings will lift them as they grow, while acting as a sort of mini greenhouse. So not really the same as hay.
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I have faith in your seeds Goldy, I will pray for them.
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Chances are a lot of these seeds won't make it.
But time is precious and seeds are cheap,
so weather permitting
I'll just fill in the gaps in a couple weeks,
both enhancing and extending:
the harvest.

I can always buy more seeds,
but February
only comes once a year.

this is how i read it. kind of like a poem. good luck with the garden.
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I have always heard to plant peas on valentines day, but close enough, in fact I kinda like presidents day more cause it starts with P. Peas are pretty tough and can take a freeze or even go into frozen soil, Replant every two weeks to stagger harvest and fill the gaps. The row cover is a good idea for pest though. Turning beds now is a little bit behind, they should have been turned and limed in fall.

My personal favorites are
Cascadia snap peas
http://www.territorialseed.com/product/1…

and

Oregon Sugar Pod II snow peas
http://www.territorialseed.com/product/1…

Both are enation and powdery mildew resistant.