Can any vining vegetable (peas, zuchinni, squash) be planted in upside down planters?
Yes, the vining varieties can, but the bush varieties have a hard time.
Last summer I planted Lincoln pea seed. They had a fence to climb on and grew quite well. Then suddenly went downhill. The pea vines started to yellow from the bottom, and continued to the tip, till the whole vine was dead. Just wondering if it could be a nutrient problem or water problem. I know they weren't too dry. They turned wilty yellow, then crispy brown like they had been burned, but the temps were not that hot.
It sounds like your plants got pea wilt. This article will have more information:
I believe that they need more water. Plants in container need significantly more water than plants in the ground. Check the soil daily, and water it when dry to the touch on top.
I have a small raised vegetable bed (10 ft x 2. 5ft approx. ). I have peas, beets and carrots. My question is: I have white fleece over all, to fend off all the bugs and slugs. Can I take the fleece off or should I keep it on all growing season?
If the fleece is very opaque, it should be fine to leave it. But if sun has trouble getting through it, it is best to remove it.
How often do I water garden peas? The new leaves have pale blemishes.
In general, you should be making sure that your vegetables get at least 2" of water a week. You should give those 2" of water to your plants once a week in one long watering per week to help the roots grow deep. If you receive a fair amount of rain, then do not water that week.
What is best way to collect peas for next year's plant?
Allow them to grow on the vine for about four weeks longer than you would if you were going to eat them. When the pods are brown, they can be easily split open and you can remove the seeds from the pods. Place the peas in a dry, cool place until you’re ready to plant them. While some people put them in airttight, plastic containers, you'll want to make sure they are completely dry first as these hold in moisture. I typically use brown paper bags for storing seeds.
I have masses of tiny black flecks on my purple hull pea plants. Is this a disease or pest? Any suggestions? Thanks.
It is likely the frass from a pest of some kind. Since it's difficult to know what kind it is, we have found neem oil to be very effective against almost all harmful pests in the garden. If the black stuff is soot-like, it would be sooty mold, a fungus formed from pests like aphids. Neem oil would help with that as well. This article has more information: