Monday, June 21, 2010

Harvesting Peas

This year, we planted some sugar snap peas. We planted six rows to enjoy. On Saturday, we got a bucket of peas, and today we harvested another bucket. There are still some blooms and unripe pods, so we hope to pick some more fresh peas within the next few days!
There are two classifications of peas, English and Southern. English peas include garden, snap and sugar varieties. Southern peas include black-eyed, purple hulls, creams, crowders, pinkeyes, and silver skins. Southern peas also go by many names such as field peas, cowpeas or protopeas. This year's peas would be considered part of the English varieties.
Peas are vining, so they can grow up a trellis. We purchased some 6-foot tomato stakes and stapled chicken wire to them. The peas even grew over the top of our trellis!
Another interesting note about peas is that any over-ripened pods left on the vine will signal the plant to stop producing. Also, over-ripened peas get starchy and do not have as sweet as a flavor as ripe peas. Peas also do not stay at the ripe point very long, normally just a day or so. We are picking our ripe pods so our plants will keep producing!

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe you're harvesting them already! That's what you get when you have weather like you guys have! (I'm trying not to be envious!)
    I've just spent the evening out in the plot doing some weeding. We were busy out there all day Saturday, but I'd been unwell the previous week, and there is soooo much to do. You can't slack for a minute, can you?!
    Anyway, lovely to see you begin to enjoy the fruits of your labour. We are eating lettuce leaves already, but that's all. The other stuff has a long way to go yet :-(
    Isn't there something amazing about sitting down to eat your home-grown veg? I know we ought to have the same thankfulness no matter where our food comes from - after all, God has provided the food we buy in the supermarket too! - but there is something that fills your heart with praise to God when He has given growth to things you've planted yourselves.
    I don't think I'm explaining this very well, but I'm sure you'll know what I mean.....being a 'plot lover' too!
    Every blessing, and many more tasty meals to y'all!
    Love, Anne x