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1000 words: Planting Winter Field Peas as a Cover Crop

It is a good idea to plant a cover crop on vegetable beds that are not in use over the winter. Winter field peas are one such crop that adds nitrogen.

Pea seeds in container
Winter field pea seeds emptied into a container. They were then wetted with a bit of water.
Pea seeds and inoculant
Inoculant added to pea seeds – inoculant helps to fix nitrogen in the soil. Mix inoculant well so it sticks to all of the seeds
Making space in garden bed
Making some space to sow – weeds removed and soil pile up on edges of bed
Pea seeds sown
Sowing the seeds

Once the seeds are sown, cover up with the piled up soil to a depth of 1-2″. Now we wait for them to sprout. I’ll cover what to do once they are ready to be turned under in the spring before planting other vegetables in the beds.

This cover crop sowing was a bit difficult to do, as we still have quite a few vegetables in our beds. Once we harvest those vegetables, I might be able to plant some more field peas.

Here are some links to the seeds and inoculant I used from one of my favourite seed suppliers. Or check for them at your local nursery or feed store:

Let me know in the comments if you have sown any cover crops and what they are.

Marc Thoma

Marc is the founder of Tranquil Garden. He has more than 15 years gardening experience and is working steadily towards his own tranquil garden.

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