Start planting warm-season plants outdoors. Without fear of frost, you can now plant your squash, beans, and tomatoes - as well as annual flowers - directly in the garden. If you've been growing seedlings indoors, be sure to harden them off before planting outdoors. For two or three days, put them outside during the day in a partially shaded place and bring them indoors overnight.
Give peas a chance. Peas will be more productive if they can grow up with some kind of support. Use metal or wooden stakes, or any stems, twigs or branches durable enough to stand up to the weather. (I'm using the strongest of last year's ornamental grass stems recently cut from the garden.) They should also be tall enough for whatever kind of peas you're growing. While my Oregon Sugar Pod peas have vines that will grow to 3 to 4 feet, garden peas ( Pisum sativum) can grow from 2 to 6 feet, depending on the variety. Whatever you choose, be sure to place the supports at 9- to 12-inch intervals in the pea patch, and plant them deep enough that they won't fall over.