At last the time has come for my favourite job in the garden – harvesting peas. Did I mention I love peas? Actually, I might have mentioned planting peas in raised beds here and I might have talked about growing peas here. At the moment I have more of a mouthful than a pan-full but I live in hope, as there are lots of pods with little starter bulges right now so surely there’ll be more?
I won’t exactly have to get a team in to help me with harvesting peas but I am still very hopeful of many decent dinners worth of crops. Mind you, some plants doing better than others – even though I treated them all the same (apart from planting some later than others.) I watered them all regularly when it didn’t rain which was during the two-week long dry heat wave we’re just recovering from here in Ireland. I fed them regularly with tomato food and I also planted nasturtiums and marigolds near them as kind of sacrifice to the pests and beasts, in the hope that they’d chomp on them and steer clear of my precious peas. Oh and I nearly forgot to mention I supported the fragile plants against my wire fence and I used canes and twigs on the plants in the raised beds to hold them up.
I wish I had used twigs and branches on all the peas in the raised beds – they look so much more natural and peas seem happy to cling to them of their own accord which saves time on the tying peas chore – which is not something I like because it is too easy to break delicate little stems. Also twigs and branches are plentiful and free in the local woods and with a local woodlands as lovely as in our local Kilcolgan woods we are always looking for excuses to go there.
I might not be actually harvesting peas from the last lot I planted as I probably planted them way too late. Still it was worth taking a chance as they just would have sat in an envelope going to waste – a very sad fate for a pea and the little leaves are lovely and tasty in a salad.
For now we’ll just have to wait and see if I get a full crop in the mean time if you want some instructions on harvesting peas here they are: