Every year, I like to do some experimenting. I’ll try new crops and varieties, test different forms of soil preparation, and trial unique techniques I’ve heard or read about. Some of these I plan to do and others, like my first experiment this spring, come about by accident. When I planted the spring peas several weeks ago, I pulled out some row cover (also called reemay or agribon) to cover the seeds and keep them warm. Unfortunately, the piece I grabbed was only half a bed long, so I decided to try covering only half of the bed and see if the warming effects of the row cover had any impact on the pea seeds’ growth. Earlier this week, I took off the row cover for the first time and the difference was certainly noticeable. In the picture below, the peas on the left germinated and started to grow under the row cover while those on the right were uncovered and exposed to the elements. I’ll definitely be keeping this technique in my back pocket for next year to help get a jump-start on pea season by covering the seeds with row cover for the first few weeks!