Tuesday, June 12, 2012
So yesterday I harvested the first substantial amount of shelling peas! Don't ask me what variety they are, because I don't remember! Usually I mail order all my seeds, but these were off the shelf, because I have never grown anything but sugar snap and snow peas before. I just didn't feel the amount of peas I'd get would justify the space they took up in the garden. But this year was different. I had a long, newly dug bed that needs to have the soil improved, so I thought I'd grow thickly sown shelling peas there kind of like a ground cover. Figured the roots would add nitrogen to the soil and as a bonus, I'd get some peas. Well, man, what a bonus! Yes, I know that the 3 and a half pounds of peas I picked yesterday translated to only a pound of peas to eat, but the taste was so far beyond any peas I've ever eaten that it is worth it! I think I'll be planting peas from now on. And the sugar snaps are still on the menu, they are coming in nicely and I've been munching them while I'm out in the garden doing other chores. Should be harvesting them in quantity any day now. Snow peas got planted a few weeks later, so they are only just beginning to blossom.
I thinned my beets and noticed how the chard and kale got big almost overnight, but today it's all about the peas, baby!