Growing adventures in an organic South Shore Veg and Flower Garden on Canada's East Coast
Monday, January 23, 2012
They started out well; peas intensely planted, grown for their shoots. The variety, Dwarf Sugar, Canada No. 1 Select, grew legs practically overnight.... long long legs...lots of stem and not enough leaf. Those leaves were closed as well, like clover in your lawn when evening comes round. Did I ever notice that in peas before? "Most leguminous plants do close their leaves in the evening" I read, but this pea variety seemed to keep them closed all day. Now, I just wonder why...too cool this time of year next to the window and perhaps not enough sun? I will try them again, in a better location, because I am pretty sure that was the problem.
Delicious, yes... but, compared to last year's Garnish Type, Dwarf Grey Sugar, (photo below) from Johnny's Selected Seeds, they could only compare in taste, not presentation. The legginess wasn't an issue really, but I would have preferred larger leaves like these below. Still, I think both attempts were a success, and even better, I learned something.
Hope you get a chance to give this a try. It's fun and easy and quite a little miracle happens right before your eyes. Now where are those Mung beans I was planning to sprout?
Note: Do not sprout Ornamental Sweet Peas grown for their beautiful blooms and fragrance, as they are poisonous.