Friday, June 1, 2012

Peas and Tomatoes

I don't have enough room in my garden.  

Sigh.

If I had more room, I'd need more energy and frankly, my dear, I'm out.

I always have a problem with the peas getting too big for their supports.   Last year I had them on a 4' fence. 

The tallest supports we have are for the tomatoes.    Actually, It's a row of animal fence that's tied to big T stakes.   It's about 5 feet high when all is said and done.   

This year, to solve some of the space crisis, we hope, we decided to plant the peas on one side, early so that they'd get going and done fast - then plant the tomatoes on the other side, figuring that the peas would be done by the time the tomatoes needed the support and we could strip the peas off the fence and tie the tomatoes up.

It's a good plan. 

I hope it works.

The tomatoes are about a foot high now and going gangbusters.   They all have flowers.   The peas are 5' high now and bearing like crazy.   I planted two edible pod kinds and they love the heat.   Who knew??

I'm a little worried that the peas won't be done by the time the tomatoes are ready to be staked. 

So I'm picking the peas faster and trimming a little, here and there.

Oh, and did I mention the monster squash plant that self sowed at the corner of that bed?   I didn't have the heart to take it out and it's got loads of flowers on it.

It's going to be a crowded bed. 

It already is a crowded bed. 

But not so crowded that Lily couldn't take these pics.

Oh, and that pea in the top pic.  It was delicious.

6 comments:

  1. You people have serious photography skills. Lovely. I could eat that pea pod. If you hadn't already. :)

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  2. I need to ask hubby if he even planted peas this year. I've not heard him talk about it yet. I like the edible pod peas best (I hate shelling and wasting the shell...if we had pigs, I wouldn't mind since we can give the shells to them).

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    1. It was the shelling thing that finally pushed me over to only edible pod peas. So much faster!

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  3. Yes, beautiful pictures!

    I suspect, though, that when all this stuff starts to ripen (especially the squash), you're going to be VERY happy you didn't plant more!

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    1. Good point! I hope you're right!

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  4. Nothing more gorgeous and reminiscent of springtime than the transparent beauty of a pea pod, or the wonderful delicateness of the blossom and the tendrils. I really should grow them! :-)

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