What is garden gambling? It is the term I use for pushing the envelope on how early I plant my seeds in spring. As with any gamble, there is a risk but with earlier (notice I didn't say greater) rewards. It all depends on how much you want to tempt Mother Nature.
So with my garden expansion project complete, I couldn't resist getting my corn and white acre peas in the ground. Last year I planted my peaches and cream corn on March 19th, so this year I am early by about 8 days. My planting chart from UGA recommends March 15th as the earliest corn planting date. I checked the 10 day forecast and temps look good with no sign of frost. Everything turned out fine last year, so I am hoping I will be ok this year too.
Now my white acre peas on the other hand, I am probably way too early. My planting chart from UGA recommends April 1st, so I am about two and half weeks early. I have so many cow pea varieties I want to try this year, so I am taking a calculated risk by planting them so early. If they germinate, I should be ok, but they may take a little longer to produce.
I planted five rows of corn and five rows of white acre peas in my new garden area. I planted them using a new seeder I bought over the winter and boy was it a great investment. The total length planted was 125 feet of corn and 125 feet of peas, and they were planted in under 20 minutes. I will be posting a detailed review of my seeder in a few days.
Here is my new seeder
This was after I planted everything, straight and evenly spaced rows.