Monday, April 20, 2009

A WONDERFUL PEA


This wonderful new addition to my vegetable garden deserves a spot in the limelight. Pisum sativum 'cascadia' was planted in January and has been a prolific and steady producer for many weeks.  No matter what stage of growth the whole pod is deliciously sweet and tender, even when the peas are fully formed. I was planning to save some pods for next year but they are just too yummy. Maybe I'll find a few hiding underneath when I pull them out. They make a great pea for eating raw, and I have added them to pasta dishes and curries as well as steaming them. I think they would be very good stuffed- must look up a recipe for that.
I used "pea brush" to support the tender vines. The plants have grown to about 4 feet so next year I will use longer supports. The plants are resistant to mildew although our dry winter would not have been a problem.  For sweetness it is important to grow peas in full sun. An absolute keeper.
 

6 comments:

  1. I must try one one. It sounds wonderful.

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  2. I only eat fresh peas... mine are still just a few inches high... it will be awhile before I get enough to eat. I'll have to remember 'cascadia'...

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  3. Yum -- they sound delicious and they look just beautiful. So fresh and green and crisp - looking. I chose not to plant peas this year because of lack of space -- green beans won out instead -- but now I am wondering if I made the right choice since my mouth is watering reading your great post!

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  4. They look so tender and good! I've never grown peas, and this is the first year I've ventured outside my one-tomato plant veggie 'garden' by planting squash, peppers and radishes. Can't wait to try some of the things in my first vegetable container garden.
    Aiyana

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  5. Sweet Bay- Do try it next year, You will love it.
    I'm with you Carol. The ones in the store are always floppy.
    Diana- These peas don't take up much room and they are a winter/ spring crop. They are taking up about half of my 4/4 plot and they have been so productive, even in this dry winter. Beans will go in the ground after they are pulled out. I haven't planted beans yet but they will be going in.
    Aiyana- I hope you enjoy your new foray into veggy gardening. There is a great swiss chard for growing in pots. It has bright yellow stalks. I'll try to remember its name.

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