Peas, Please

Like many things in my life these days, gardening is undergoing reconsideration. I’ve had a vegetable garden every year since I moved into this house in 1987. I have enjoyed the fruits and vegetables of my labors, and still look forward to delicious home grown organic produce.

However, like a lot of routines, I’m pretty tired of it after all these years. There was a time when hitting the garden after a long day of seeing patients was a fine antidote to the day. Now it feels more like an obligation. That said, I have started some seeds under lights in the basement. Heirloom tomatoes, tomatillos and chiles. When its warm enough, they’ll have a head start.

Other, cool weather vegetables get direct seeded into the garden beds. Ordinarily, my peas, radishes and early greens would have been planted several weeks ago. The seed packets are still sitting on the dining room table, awaiting the soil. Weather as well as other obligations and reduced interest are all components of the delay. So are the rabbits. The last two years, some of the neighborhood rabbits have shown that they like pea shoots and sugar snap peas as much as I do. The idea of this crop being eaten before I harvest them is discouraging. Last year, I planted radishes on either side of the sugar snap peas and the bunnies left them mostly alone. Until the peas got taller than the radishes.

We’ll see what I do. I do love fresh from the garden sugar snap peas. Maybe I’ll get ambitious and get them in this week.

Written for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: P

8 thoughts on “Peas, Please

  1. I feel the same way. Usually by now I have stuff growing in pots in the window — this year? I think all that’s happening will be Scarlet Emperor Beans because the hummingbirds depend on them and I like them green.

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  2. We’ve given up on a lot of plants that get eaten befoe we see a flower or a fruit. We used to have tons of blackberries — and NEVER got any berries. The birds were always ahead of us. It’s not just vegetables. The wild things like flowers and bulbs too — and the deer will eat anything if they are hungry. I was outside today and spent a couple of hours cleaning out the dead branches from last year. This is the second time in two weeks that I’ve been out there cleaning the garden and I don’t think I’m going to do much planting I need two things: a cook and a gardener.


  3. I moved from Connecticut to Florida a couple of years ago and still don’t know what to plant and when. I think peas were supposed to be planted in December. It’s too hot now for them.

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