Pea Brush and Peaches

| 6/14/2013 9:37:54 PM

Pea Brush and Peaches

VernMid June arrived and I must digress from my normal mode of blogging. To this point, I took on the role of a ten year old back in Pennsylvania, following Dad and Mom around as they planted the garden. They taught me well.

Back here in Illinois our garden and orchard are looking better and healthier than any I ever witnessed, even back home. I must confess, without the awesome help from God in the form of mother nature, none of this is possible. Our state is in the path of all the bad storms that are generated from the south and west. We benefit by a lot of rain and cool temperatures. To date, this area and north to Chicago, an excess of nine inches of rain over normal totals has fallen, and it is only mid June. All this results in one fabulous garden. There is so much I want to say, I don't know where to begin.  

I relocated to Kankakee, Illinois in January of 2008 after marrying Deanna, a lifelong resident. It didn't take long for my farming and gardening instincts to kick in. There is space for a vegetable garden and maybe a few fruit trees. The only down side to this opportunity was the fact that I had two bad knees. Notice the word had. I did not want to quit gardening and become a couch potato. I am a pro-active man and decided to build raised beds to make my passion easier. Also along the same line of thought; knee replacement. The raised beds were built by a friend while we overwintered in Florida. A surgeon was contacted and knee replacement was discussed. Now five and one half years later, I am a new man; a new happy man.

Most of the gardening is contained in four 2x4x8 foot raised beds, and this year thanks to a relative I added another bed 2x4x16. As I write this blog all five beds are brimming with fresh vegetables ready for the taking.

Let me begin with the peas. Two completed beds have been planted, one shell-out peas and the other sugar snap peas. Conditions have been perfect and within a few weeks we will be eating fresh peas and new potatoes from the garden. That brings back a memory, and also an urge to share a recipe.

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