I waited until just about three weeks ago (April 13) to plant peas ... they can handle a light frost and prefer cool temperatures for germination, but I thought I should wait until I was sure it would be above -10 C overnight!
For the bed preparation, I have plenty of wood ash from using the wood stove all winter. This worked into the soil provides for a more alkaline condition which peas like.
I also set up a teepee for them to grow on. Last year they were in the greenhouse growing on a trellis. This is my first time using the teepee set up. I suppose I'll have to train them up the poles??
I also planted some radish in between (can you see the thin lines of green below?):
The radishes should be ready before the peas start climbing the poles so I should be OK to harvest them (I hope?!). Radishes tend to prefer a more neutral or acidic soil, but they seem to be doing fine so far. Here is the radish tonight (3 weeks old):