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Overwintering Peas in PA Zone 5  RSS feed

 
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I've been thinking about ways to grow peas where I can get a longer season or fit more plantings in one year. My field is in Zone 5 in PA and general gets frosts mid October and freezes solid in November. In a typical winter, there is snow cover almost the whole winter. There's been some weird weather lately.

So for overwintering peas, is it even possible? I'm probably going to give it a go anyway but I'm curious if anyone has tried it in a northern zone like mine. The only things I could find online were from the UK, which is not super helpful for my climate. I only grow shell and dry peas although I'm going to bring in some colored snow peas for breeding projects next year.

I'm probably going to try both bush and pole peas, a bunch of different varieties. And probably a range of planting dates.
 
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My peas freeze and die during the winter.

I have tried starting peas in pots and transplanting them to get a longer season, but the soil medium is fragile and the soil falls off of the roots. I might try again next year with  a far heavier soil medium
 
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