They are a hardy SEED/germ seeds in the soil.. The seeds can survive frosts.. But the sprouted plants themselves are not as hardy. If your area is prone to a lot of late, rogue, hard frosts then I wouldn't plant them this early. At most, maybe a week before you plant everything else. Reason being if they sprouted early and then got a late hard frost that killed your sprouts.. ugh. Whereas if you miss out on a week of peas if the weather gets too hot for them, so? A week of peas is not worth killing an entire crop. Now, if you're buying and planting some of those pre-sprouted plants from a plant nursery.. absolutely do not plant them early at all. Around here I wait til Memorial day to plant everything. If they're pre-sprouted anything, I wait til 1-2 weeks after to put them in. Good luck! P.S. In WNY they don't die, our summers are very mild, they lull a little in hot July but then regrow and bear til it frosts.
at 12:56 PM on Apr. 5, 2011