Actually, it isn’t only Crystal who says that the peas have to go in on Valentine’s Day. I have heard that one since coming to eastern Kentucky. The first time I heard it was from a friend of mine who was going to be in Frankfort on Valentine’s Day and he was going to be late putting in his peas. “You’re kidding me, right?” was my comment as we drove the Mountain Parkway heading to the Capital. There was snow on the ground and the high for the day was 23 degrees. He proceeded to tell me all about planting by the moon and the parts of the body. I was skeptical but then I saw his garden and became a believer.
Gardening has an amazing compilation of folk lore attached to it. I found these on the National Parks Service website, www.nps.gov, about planting vegetables in the Great Smoky Mountains
• Plant corn when the sign is in the head, so there will be more ears.
• Red-headed persons have the best luck with peppers.
• If cucumbers are planted on Saturday, they will be bitter.
• If you laugh while planting corn, the grains will fall apart on the cob.
• Tomatoes should be planted in Gemini or the scales
• If you plant cucumbers in the full moon, they will all run to vines, and will not bear.
Did you know you should never do anything in the garden when the sign is the bowels unless you want to kill it? I wonder if that would work with my autumn olives?
Sr. Kathy Curtis