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Late Spring Ramblings

TRF Cullers head shotI have decided that there is nothing like a dish of fresh peas to make a spring day perfect! Yesterday afternoon around lunchtime, I went to the garden hoping to rescue a few final pods before I pulled up the vines to plant the jalapeños. This spring has been unseasonably warm in the Shenandoah Valley, and the peas have not been happy at all with temperatures hovering around 90 degrees. To my surprise, there were still quite a few chubby shells hanging bravely on the wilted pea plants. Enough pods to fill a little bowl with springtime goodness!

I found a perfect recipe for fresh peas: Bring a small amount of water to boil, add shelled peas, return to a boil and heat for about 10 seconds. This creates a sweet, firm texture and the peas literally pop in your mouth!

In other gardening news, I think I harvested the elephant garlic too soon. At least that’s what Edna tells me. But there were flowers forming on top of the plants, so I thought it was time to dig up the bulbs. The garlic seems to be fine, although I will admit the bulbs  would probably have gotten bigger had I heeded my neighbor’s advice (not that I’d ever tell her that!).  Nevertheless, I now have a garage full of fragrant garlic braids, drying in the steaming heat of this too-early summer. 

The rabbits are eyeing my newly planted broccoli plants. I reminded them that I didn’t mind sharing as long as I didn’t know I was sharing! I hope they understood the gravity in my voice. We negotiated quite well with the spinach, I can only assume we will divide the broccoli crop equally well.

Seven more days in the Schoolhouse, and then I will be a full time Theoretical Farmer. I am certainly looking forward to changing hats.

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nebraska dave
5/31/2012 9:11:28 PM

TRF, the good old summer days have here in Nebraska since the 18th of May. Already my grandson of seven is bored with nothing to do. Life for him seems to hinge around being entertained by grandpa or being able to have some one to play with outside. What ever happened to the imagination and being able to play alone? I'm not sure but the young generation has lost the ability to entertain themselves. TV, computer games, and action figures that make noise and movements have to be a part of play time. I'm trying to get my grandson interested in gardening but so far to no avail. It just doesn't happen fast enough. Ah, well, I'll just keep at it. Have a great day in the garden.


s.m.r. saia
5/30/2012 11:52:12 AM

I second your thoughts about the peas! This is the first year I've been able to grow them at all, and I think we ate every one of them fresh, right out of the pod. I wish you could come around here and negotiate for me with the rabbit that's been destroying all of my squash!!!! I'm not sure sharing is an option; it seems to be me or him!