I recently learned that peas are not a vegetable.
(Yep, this is something I learned in my mid-20s).
And after learning during last years spring growing season that one must plant a lot of peas in order to get a decent yield, (which is challenging in a very limited space), I had no intention planting them again this spring.
However, once I learned that the Bakers would be moving this summer, I decided I would use the raise beds I have in their backyard to plant only spring crops. This is one reason as to why I had a ton of spinach and lettuce this year. But it is also the reason why my pea yield was a little bit bigger than previous. Last year, we had enough for maybe 2 people at one meal, (but in the end I believe we mixed them in with fried rice). I had very little hopes for this year, but decided to go for it and give whatever I raised to my nephew, Malakia, who would be eating fruits and veggies by the time they were ready.
Yet, when the time came, I found that I had enough to not only give to Kai, but to also take home and put a few cups in my freezer as well. (And actually, if this spring hadn't been so cold and wet, I would've planted them earlier and had even more since the heat killed off the rest of the blooms on the plant. Honestly, I am amazed that I got what I did. It's not a normal thing to pick peas in 90 degree weather). After last year, I learned that it is pretty important to stake pea plants. They do better and yield more) when they have the opportunity to climb.
I picked the bulk of them on Thursday evening (with the help of Levent) and was lucky enough to have helpers pod them with me.
|Amy, Jack and Leah getting down to work|
|Danika helping Lucy learn the ropes|
|Beautiful! And this wasn't even all of them|
All of my spring crops were a success. That is such a great feeling.