This is a photo of my "straw bale bed" I am preparing for my spring garden. I will be performing a nitrogen treatment of the bales for a couple of weeks and then it will sit for a few weeks until early March. I'm an impatient person and want to try growing something before March. I've never grown peas, but I understand they can be planted and will grow in cooler weather. I know people grow peas in just a little soil in rain gutters. I plan on putting some soil on top of the bales as part of the process of preparing them for my spring garden. Would peas grow in the soil before my normal crop planting in the spring? Any ideas about something to try would be appreciated. I also will need advice about the variety of peas to plant if they will work.