colored skin and f lesh potatoes like All-Blue or Cranberry Red. Check seed catalogs for the more exotic varieties. Another advantage of container, grown potatoes is that you can have “new potatoes.” Harvesting the smaller, immature potatoes during the growing season will give you potatoes whose skin is thin and tender. Use them fresh by boiling them whole or cut up in soups.
When you plant peas, as well as beans, use a bacterial “inoculant” to help supply nitrogen to the plants. Inoculants are a naturally occurring bacteria that “fix” nitrogen from the air. These bacteria “infect” the roots of peas and beans growing in the soil and cause them to form the nitrogen fixing nodules that take atmospheric nitrogen and convert it to a form that the pea plants can use. Do not rush the planting of warm season crops like beans, squash, tomatoes and peppers in the vegetable garden. The ground is still too cold, and the plants will be subjected to late-season frosts. You can tackle the perennial bed
Edible pod peas like Sugar Snaps can also be grown in containers. With peas, even the “dwarf” ones, I have found that you need some type of support. You can purchase pea “trellises” on the internet or make your own for use in the containers. 91
March 2019 Tidewater Times