and now we are harvesting the peas. I guess you could say we are...
Giving Peas a Chance
|Young peas at the right, carrots at the left (mid May)|
This year, we managed to get the peas in the ground on April 30. The soil worked up nicely and the four inch soil temperature was in the mid-50's. We focus on pod peas (snap and snow) and no longer grow peas that you shell. The return on shelling peas was so low that we couldn't justify trying them any more.
Peas de Resistance
|Trying to get a jump on trellising|
War and Peas
And, in fact, there is a book about just that by Michael Foreman.
We've also had some issues with wind blowing some of the vines off of the trellising.
|Two rows of peas with nowhere to go?|
When the vines fall off or otherwise evade our trellis efforts, you could say we have an issue with...
Our current trellising technique is still being refined. We start with cattle panels at the ends of our 200 foot rows. This provides and anchor for the Hortnova fencing that runs the rest of the length of the row. It also provides a barrier against the deer that occasionally like to taste our peas. So, you could say that the cattle panels provide us with some...
Peas of Mind
|Mammoth Melting Peas|
We have found that the taller vining plants, such as the Mammoth Melting Pea actually prefers the cattle panels to the Hortnova fencing. As a result, we may actually focus on the panels for them next season and see how that works.
Blizzard, on the other hand, doesn't seem to care as long as it is trellised. But, if the hortnova fencing is too loose and rolls over on itself it causes problems. If you can't quite see how this might be an issue, we'd like you to....
Visualize Whirled Peas
|These Blizzard pea plants want you to know that they do not endorse Rob's puns.|
Peas and Prosperity
|Oregon Sugar Pod II - consistently reliable.|
Well, we had gone so long without a pun, I had to get one in there. Here's the deal. Oregon Sugar Pod II is the most heat tolerant, shortest vine standard snow pea we grow. But, unlike Blizzard, it likes to hold many of its peas inside the leaf canopy, which makes it a bit more difficult to harvest.
|Spend time amongst the peas and you get to enjoy their flowers.|
But, when you actually find that pod sitting deep in the vines, you get tempted to yell...
I Gotta Pea
If you are not in our CSA, then you might not have been pointed to this song by Brent Odom. Yes, yes, we know that this type of song is typical of a ten year old's sense of humor. Therefore, it makes sense that Rob is posting it.
This reminds me of a person I met some time ago at a park. She liked to sing the alphabet song while shelling peas. She also had a small tank where she raised minnows for fishing. Since her name was Ella, she taught us to sing the alphabet song this way. ABCDEFGHIJK...
Ella Minnow Pea
I suppose many of you are in some amount of pain by now, so I will get back to talking about our peas.
|Golden Sweet Peas - easier to pick and great taste.|
Peas Believe Me
Golden Sweet Peas are very tasty. Rob does not typically eat raw veggies in the field, but he'll make an exception for these. In fact, he'll eat any one of these types of snow pea raw or cooked and can tell you that each has their own taste. The Blizzard and Golden Sweet Peas have the most tender pods of the batch. Blizzard can be very sweet tasting and Golden Sweet is in between Blizzard and a standard snow pea (Oregon Sugar Pod) for taste. Mammoth Melting is fine raw but even better in stir fries or steamed since it has a pod that can be a bit tougher.
The great news about this is that CSA members will be getting peas this week in their CSA shares. If you aren't a CSA member, you might be able to find our peas at Hansen's Outlet or Guppies on the Go (in Tripoli) for the next few days. Go! Go forth and get those peas. Then you can go home, find some leftovers - just a little of this and that - to have...
A Peas Meal.
You are welcome.