Today's Pick: Peas
OK, I realize this probably doesn't seem newsworthy at all, but considering that we only got one single measly pod last year -- yes, only one! -- this represents a substantial improvement in our yield. Last year we split open that one prized pod and each ate two peas. Done!
The problem last year was that I planted them too late -- I think it was late April. And the more experienced gardeners were quick to tell me that peas had to be planted very early -- no later than March 15th. (March 15th?! I'm just taking down my Christmas decorations around March 15th. Isn't that too early?) OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration about the Christmas decorations, but March 15th is still wintertime to me.
Anyway, I followed the recommendation and got them in the ground on time this year. But I didn't plant very many. We just don't have the space in our plot to plant enough to yield a whole bowlful. To be honest, I just plant a few because I like the way the plants look, and because they're good for the soil.
But we do enjoy our once-a-year token handful -- the chance to experience their fresh pea-y goodness, grown from our own plot of dirt.