Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Peas and blueberries
Spring started early, with ample warmth and rain in March to help the peas germinate. I started Dwarf Grey Sugar peas inside for transplant, and seeded Carouby de Mausanne snow peas directly in my raised bed. Both grew equally well in the end, but the direct-seeded peas had a better start. Raised beds help for planting peas in our typical wet springs, when peas planted in the damp cold ground rot. Conditions were great for any kind of planting this year.
During the unusually dry days of April, I had to water, but the peas were already growing well by then. It stayed cool, so the plants successfully produced flowers that became pea pods. In many years, it gets hot too soon and we get no peas at all. And we're even getting a few more cool days after our sweltering weekend! I should be able to pick peas several more times before I pull them out and put something else in their place.
Time for blueberry muffins! If I could think of a dish combining peas and blueberries, I'd make it.