Sunday, August 9, 2020

Picking peas

This time of year, the focus on the garden has shifted from weeding to harvesting. So far we've harvested strawberries, raspberries, and peas. Right now I'm picking blueberries, which I'll do for the next few weeks as they come ripe. Garlic is next, but it's not quite ready yet.

Last week it was peas. While not my favorite vegetable, it's one of my favorite garden plants. I dunno, I just think they're beautiful.

I only have two beds for peas (remember, not my favorite vegetable), but they invariably bear heavily.

I mean, look at that!

I picked this crop during a heat wave, so I started before dawn and continued as the sun peeked over the horizon. The rising sun illuminated how not every pod was ripe.

Some late bloomers even still had flowers.

In my opinion, there are worse places to be than picking peas on a summer morning.

This is what I got for the first picking.

A couple days later, I went back and filled the basket full.

After shelling, I ended up with nine pounds of peas, which I bagged up and put in the freezer. When the weather is cooler, I'll can them.

Thank God for a bounteous garden!


  1. Unlike you I simply love peas they are tops for me. I did not get as much as you did however I pick every 2-3 days and have found them to be the king of camouflage. You think you got what was there and then you start watering and there they are, a bunch that you missed, they're worse than a Bev Doolittle print. It's like a game of hide and seek. I blanch mine and then bag and use later, I don't like canned peas so frozen they will be. May I ask how big are your pea beds? I am in the process of building new beds for next year. Thanks.

    1. The beds are about 12 feet long and one foot wide. I plant on both sides of the trellis, so essentially it's four 12-foot rows.

      - Patrice

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  3. They are beautiful plants - but yes, not my favorite.

  4. I love peas almost as much as I love broccoli! I want to see if I can find any fall or winter varieties so that I can plant some now and harvest in the spring. Any varieties you might suggest?

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