This has been a perfect spring for peas. Or as close as we get around here, anyway. Okay, the peas I planted at the demo garden dried up in the April drought, but at home I’ve had a bumper crop – so thank goodness I planted them, as I’ve almost given up on spring peas!
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.
We started picking blueberries three weeks early this year. The flowers came through the late March freezes just fine, and the earliest berries ripened last week. I’ll need to prune after the fruit is done, because I can barely walk past the bushes anymore (they are part of the landscaping in my front yard, and have only a narrow flagstone path for access).
Time for blueberry muffins! If I could think of a dish combining peas and blueberries, I’d make it.