Peas, If You Please

by Daisy

The edible cover crop I planted last winter has exceeded expectations in terms of . . .



Peas, peas, and yes, peas.

Fava beans, biomaster peas, yellow peas, and sugar snap peas.

Is there such a thing as a 150% germination rate? I think so.

When I say peas, though, few actual peas, but plants and blooms, yes and truly.

If they aren’t too crowded to pea up good, at least they will have been beautiful.

Really super pretty.

I’ve picked a few peas for stir fries and salads, but, don’t tell my family, mostly I’ve eaten them while standing in the pea patch.

Gardener’s privilege.  You plant it, you get first nibble.

I also get the sweetest blackberries, which also happens to make sense in terms of wise berry picking technique. I.e., if you find that perfectly ripe berry, falling off the vine ready, it needs to be eaten right then and there, or it will get mushed in the berry bucket and start the rest of them going down the terrible path to decay.

I don’t have a similar justification for pea greed, but I do it anyway.

Gardeners have a reputation for generosity, and while it’s well-earned (think buckets of squash), it is also a little bit of a counterbalance for the streak of greediness we know we all possess.  You are never going to get the first raspberry off a gardener, or the first ripe fig.

‘Cuz we done et it.



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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsay March 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Yes, we homesteaders are quite greedy. I pulled a fresh loaf of homemade sourdough out of the bread machine and made sure I got a warm slice. I baby the starter, make the bread, I eat it. It’s the Little Red Hen all over again!

KimH March 28, 2012 at 3:45 am

‘Cuz we done et it.

ROFL, ‘aint it the truth! 😉 Your peas are gorgeous! Im sure those beautiful blooms will turn into more & more happy peas for you.. Im not fond of English peas but we used to do the same thing with sugar snap peas.. My daughters & I would feast as we picked and rarely did we get a huge batch in the kitchen door.. But we were happy gardeners! ?

Sondra March 28, 2012 at 7:36 am

So true!!! The almost too ripe berries that never make it into the kitchen are the best! Don’t forget the tomato juice running down your chin ,from the sun warmed fresh picked tomato, as you stand barefoot in the garden…yum.

Jessie : Improved March 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

YES! Almost none of my sugar snaps (or raspberries) made it inside last year. I’m hoping I grow enough this year to actually eat some for dinner!

NanGreen March 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm

You all make me so envious. Condo dweller here and don’t have the land anymore to enjoy such wonderful bounty. We do have a couple of farmers markets that help. I love being able to talk with the farmer when I pick out my produce.

I am researching some articles about “vertical gardens” which may turn out to be useful if only for herbs. I so miss fresh herbs.

Thank you for the wonderful pictures and memories.

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