The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 28, 1998 · Page 50
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 50

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, March 28, 1998
Page 50
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6 • HOMES • SPRING 1998 ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE SALINA JOURNAL Peas are First in Garden Kathleen W. Ward Extension Communications Specialist MANHATTAN—Kansans get only one chance to grow garden peas. They must start taking that chance almost as soon as the soil begins to warm in spring, said Chuck Marr, K-State Research and Extension horticulturist. Other cool-season vegetables, such as lettuce and cabbage, will produce a crop in both spring and fall. But peas like to germinate in soils between 40 and 75 degrees F, Marr said. "They're often the first thing Kansans plant, be- cause they're one of the most cold- tolerant vegetables grown in the state. But that same characteristic makes a second, late-summer sowing unlikely to germinate, because soil temperatures will simply be too warm," he added. Peas basically come in three types: (1) those that will require shelling, (2) those with edible pods, and (3) oriental types grown for their tender pods. The horticulturist suggests new gardeners examine different pea varieties' seed packets and compare characteristics. Some varieties can bring combinations of improved disease resistance, shorter growing season and shorter growth habit. Among those K-State field trials have shown produce well in Kansas are: • Standard varieties...Little Marvel, Green Arrow, Frosty, Knight, Sparkle and Burpeeana. •Edible-podded varieties ...Super Sugar Snap, Sugar Bon and Sugar Ann reach maturity in a short 58 to 59 days. Super Sugar Snap also is resistant to powdery mildew and tolerant of leaf roll virus. Sugar Bon and Sugar Ann have neat growth habits; Sugar Bon also brings mildew resistance. • Oriental, thin-pod- ded (snow pea) varieties...Dwarf Grey Sugar and Mammoth Sugar. Marr recommends planting peas in moderate to well fertilized soil during early to mid- March when the soil is dry enough to 'work. "Seed packets generally call for planting seed 2 to 4 inches apart in rows that are 12 inches apart," he said. "If the variety tends to produce thin, spindly vines, however, it may do better if you plant two to three rows about 4 to 6 inches apart. Then skip a foot and plant another strip of two to three rows that are 4 to 6 inches apart. This way, the vines can support each other." Wire mesh or string trellises also can support flimsy vines, Marr said. Often, the only other care peas will need is watering, during times of moisture stress. •^*skV3Ht. jiEfc-JW'^r-fsEr-J®'* **$»> Start Your Own Traditions With Solid Oak! Heirloom Quality! The Quality you've been looking for, FOREVER OAK * HtndcnfUt Oak Fumiturt & Accents" 1-800-864-4429 • 823-9729 619 E. Crawford»Brrwe Center • Monday • Friday 10-0 • Sat. 10-4 Tetra Create ^our Own Water garden... Tetafso! PbndKit Tetra Pond Liners • Everything you need • Filler/pump • Food • Water treatment • How-to-booklet • Heavy duty rubber; completely flexible, 32 Mil thick • Withstands the worst climates; 10-year guarantee • Gold Fish and Koi • Chemical Treatments Gr Roivt* • Water Lillies and Plants • Filter Systems • Water Pumps 1509 W.CRAWFORD SALINA 785-827-9082 It's as if we're holding your hand every step of the .^^^ way! HIBWEST SECURITY SYSTEMS. INC. — // Darlene Dlnkel (owner) 800732-7863 KXW f iron • Sallna, KS (785) 825 8157

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