Sugar snap peas for the weekend

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Here’s today’s pick of sugar snap peas, resting in ice water to pull the field heat off them quickly. This is about 1.75 pounds of big, round pods.

The fruit is staying ahead of the inevitable powdery mildew that visits most leafy plants here. I think these pea plants will finish up before the mildew slows them down.

June 3 garden update

It’s been over six weeks since I updated the blog.  It’s not that nothing has been happening — quite the opposite!  I’ve simply neglected to blog about it.

Many lessons learned.  Most notably…

Sugar snap peas, dying early and small

It’s not easy to get sugar snap peas to germinate, and even if they do, they can start dying off before they’re 10″ tall.  I direct-sowed about sixteen positions in a GrowBox, with several peas per position.  After 2 weeks, only 3 positions had emerged.  I grew a number of seedlings in the garage and then transferred them to that same box, plus populated another entire box of them.  The first box is stunted, with plants dying off already, rushing to set fruit when they’re hardly a foot tall.

Healthy snap peas

The second box grew prolifically, as you can see above. Maybe there’s something in the potting soil of the first box.  I’ll scrap that box, and throw the mix into the compost heap and start over.  I need more room for tomatoes anyway.

Meager leeks

Leeks don’t take kindly to transplanting, at least, they don’t take kindly to having their roots disentangled from nearby leek seedlings.  These should probably be direct sown, or sown in soil cells or little peat pots that can move to the final growing location without touching roots.  My leeks have been growing for 120 days and most aren’t as big around as a dime.  This variety is 2-3 inches in diameter at maturity.  I’ll give them another month, and then we’ll see.

Potatoes, in grow bag.

Growing potatoes is easy.  Getting a good harvest — well, time will tell.  They’re in process now.

Baby carrots, in window box


Baby carrots are pretty good germinators.  We’ll see how they do in 4 inches of growing space.  (They’re in a little window box on my anti-rabbit tables.)

I thinned out the shallots today, and the thinning are excellent to eat like chives.  More mild.

Mirai sweet corn


When it’s happy, corn grows really fast, as in, inches per day!

Sugar Snap Peas, a new approach (for me, anyway!)

I planted 18 sugar snap peas almost a month ago, and only two germinated. Here they are:

non-innoculated sugar snap peas

(Note that all the photos are clickable to larger versions.)

I did a little reading, and learned that legumes benefit from being “innoculated” with a special garden soil mix of bacteria. I found this one at Walter Anderson nursery:

Dr. Earth Soil Innoculant

I first soaked the peas in water for 24 hours and drained them. While wet, I sprinkled about a third of this half-ounce package of Dr. Earth SuperActive Biological Soil Innoculant over the peas and stirred gently. The innoculant combined with the water into a syrupy black coating for the peas. I then planted up two Grow-Boxes of 18-20 plants each. I planted a few in a beet Grow-Box, too, since the beets are almost done. Just for comparison with future photos, here’s one Grow-Box, freshly planted. (Yep, no plants here at all. Like I said, I include it here just as a baseline for comparison with future photos of this box. Here’s hoping I get a real forest of sugar snap peas before the weather turns hot!

Just-planted sugar snap pea Grow-Box