Sharing a little glimpse of my garden that makes me happy.
Wishing you a very peaceful day.
Once again this year, I’ll be sharing little glimpses of our gardens. Although so much is growing all the time, there is always a little moment every week that makes me smile extra wide and this is what I want to share with you.
Oh, peas, peas, glorious peas! Always such a happy time of year. The kids snap them right off the vine and snack on them in the sunshine. We’ve been growing this classic snow pea, or “mange-tout” meaning to eat all, (“Cascadia” / Pisum sativum var. saccharatum) for 4 years now and honestly, I don’t think we will ever look back. Beautiful white and lavender flowers, vines reaching as high as 4 ft, frost resistant and a cold climate heirloom that is good from beginning to end. The more you snap, the more grow back. They are super tasty when you let the peas grow out as well. We shell baskets full of these every year for freezing. You can sow them as early as the ground is workable up until late May or early June. Last year, we were still eating peas in September. What a treat!
I remember when we started growing our plants from seed, how excited we were for all the different varieties and possibilities out there. We would jam pack our community garden with as many “funky” heirlooms as we could. It was so much fun. But we weren’t serious about it then. As years went by, we started noticing that although it was fun to experiment, we couldn’t count on our crops. We started reducing the number of varieties we planted, started keeping track of what worked, what didn’t. We became food producers. It wasn’t just about the luxury of having a few homegrown tomatoes. It became about feeding our family, preserving, gaining knowledge and working towards results that would make us appreciate this life we chose. And although we still reserve ourselves the right to seed a few “funky” cherry tomatoes here and there, I think we have finally reached a balance. It feels pretty good.
How is your garden growing?