Connie Moore seeds-202

Late October rain kept the cockscomb and zinnias colorful. It was too wet to gather seeds. Now, November cold air has dried the spent, faded blooms, making it easy to separate seeds from chaff. The chore is just part of an ordinary day.

Later, we move to the garden where some fall radishes (French Breakfast variety) have been allowed to grow to maximum circumference, really just to see how big they could get. Surprisingly huge, red, tubular growths had to be dug from the ground. Pulling radishes is an ordinary task, but in this case a real eye opener.


Another garden crop ready for gathering is peas. We planted Oregon Sugar Snap in the spring and realized a wonderful, two-month crop from them. For fall, we planted Laxton’s Progress. Short, bushy, and compact, the plants have produced since the third week of October. It is an heirloom introduced way back in 1898 by Thomas Laxton’s sons in honor of the horticultural and plant breeding work their father did. Sadly, Thomas died five years before the new variety was released.

Individual peas remind us of the pea shooting we used to do as kids. (Yes, it was a wasteful playtime, but when you are left to your own inventions even a straw and a handful of peas can have significant imaginative power.) These Laxton peas are too large to ever fit into a straw, so they all go into a pot of boiling water for a dish of buttered peas that will go well with the small turkey roast simmering away in the Crock Pot.

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