Pea seedling

Left to right is lettuce, pea, and carrot. All three were planted at the same time. I had planned to keep these in cups for a few weeks but the way the pea took off it might get planted outside early.



My experience exactly. Soaking peas 24 hours before planting the seeds shaves off a week in the ground in my experience.


It is pretty obvious that I’m inexperienced at growing what I consider to be cool weather plants. When you plant seeds indoors it doesn’t take long to get too many to know what to do with.

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I’d be planting the peas and carrots in Alabama outdoors in the garden … since spring has arrived early. (The lettuce…maybe not yet).

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Our forecast is for a few days of warm weather so I would like to plant some of these in my garden. Glad to hear that the peas and carrots can handle the cooler weather. I also have a few cabbage and broccoli seedlings started. Do you think these can also be planted now?




Here is a good link to reference the information needed in this case,mustard%2C%20Austrian%20winter%20pea%20and

" These cold-hardy vegetables may stick it out through winter

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Not ready to hang up your gloves and spade just yet?

The fearless gardener still has a chance to plant some cold-hardy vegetables to harvest next spring, said Jim Myers, plant breeder and researcher at Oregon State University. But don’t dawdle.

“Winter gardening is a risky business,” Myers said. “It may work one year with a mild winter but not another when the weather is more severe. If you plant some cold-hardy vegetables from mid-August to early October – depending on the crop – there’s a good likelihood you will produce something on the other end in the spring. They say farming is a gamble… some years more than others.”

Cold weather doesn’t kill these hardy plants; it simply slows their growth rate. For every rise of 18 degrees, growth rate doubles, but that guideline is only applicable for an air temperature range of 40 to 98 degrees, Myers said. If you plant cold-hardy vegetables from mid-August to early October, there is a chance they can mature by next spring if they survive in a vegetative state through the winter without reproducing.

According to Myers, the hardiest vegetables that can withstand heavy frost of air temperatures below 28 include spinach, Walla Walla sweet onion, garlic, leeks, rhubarb, rutabaga, broccoli, kohlrabi, kale, cabbage, chicory, Brussels sprouts, corn salad, arugula, fava beans, radish, mustard, Austrian winter pea and turnip.

Semi-hardy vegetables that can withstand light frost of air temperatures in the range of 28 to 32 degrees include beets, spring market carrots, parsnip, lettuce, chard, pea, Chinese cabbage, endive, radicchio, cauliflower, parsley and celery. For beets, spring market carrots and parsnips, the tops will die but the roots will tolerate lower temperatures.

Vegetables that contain the pigment anthocyanin, which gives them a vibrant red or purple color, are more resistant to rots caused by winter rains, Myers said. They include purple-sprouting broccoli, Rosalind broccoli and purple kale.

If you live in an area of the state that gets prolonged snow cover, the fluffy white stuff acts as insulating mulch and warms the soil for these tough plants, Myers said.

No matter where you live in Oregon, “some of the worst problems we have in the winter are with rain rather than temperature, so protecting plants from the rain is quite helpful,” Myers said.

He recommends covering vegetables with high or low tunnels made from metal hoops and clear plastic, available from greenhouse supply companies. To protect plants, you can also use row covers or cloches. To warm the soil use mulch made from yard debris, cardboard or newspaper.

Cross your fingers and by next March you could be feasting on shelled, succulent fava beans seasoned with salt and lemon juice.

For more information on extending the gardening season, see the OSU Extension guides Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening in the Pacific Northwest, How to build your own raised bed cloche and Garlic for the Home Garden. For an interactive map of Oregon’s first frost dates, go to the United States Department of Agriculture’s website.

carrots, radish, squash, cabbage



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Broccoli can take frosts, but not a lot of freezing. Cabbages…there is a LOT of variation among varieties/cultivars. Some can take into the 'teens, some cannot. You best consult a good university or independent source…don’t trust the seed vendors themselves.
Best of luck.
I’d plant today if I didn’t have too many other plans already.
(Another cup of coffee and out the door.)

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