Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Peas and Beans

One of the most relaxing pastimes in the Summer months is to sit down and quietly shell peas or beans.
Many of my Hurst Greenshaft peas were ready for picking so I went down with a trug and picked a crop of peas.
Just a few pods had been invaded by the dreaded pea moth. They lay their eggs in the tiny pods when they are still in flower and then the larvae develops inside the pod as it grows. Not a bad infestation here but I was on the lookout while shelling peas.
Whilst sitting down happily shelling peas I was struck by their symmetrical beauty. I was also thinking about the old sayings ' it's just like shelling peas' or 'those children are just like peas in a pod'.
Beautifully arranged inside the pod, this sight is a work of art.
Boiled for 5 minutes, fresh mint. Perfection!
Meanwhile elsewhere on the patch these runner beans Saint George are just flowering. Just a bit too late to support our English team eh?
Actually I think this white is a very pale shade of pink. Just in case you think that Matron is going soft, I must also point out that these are not flowers! Matron does not do flowers. These are runner beans!

4 Comments:

At 2:26 PM, Anonymous kitsapFG said...

I adore peas. My patch has good pod formation that are fattening up but not quite ready for harvesting yet. Soon though! My runner beans are just getting leafed up and running - I have a while before I will be enjoying their attractive flowers and even longer for the beans.

 
At 12:00 AM, Anonymous Molly said...

I love Hurst Greenshaft. They're a dream to shell and it's fun to hope you get a 13-pea pod (my personal best is 12). Can't wait for mine to be ready. Lots of pods now but they're all still flat.

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Chicken lover said...

Those peas look nice!
Jane

 
At 2:39 AM, Blogger The Intercontinental Gardener said...

Hi there,
fun to "meet" you again, after such a long time. I love peas, one of the dearest memories of my childhood was to go to the local farmers market (they have sold local produce for ... at least couple of centuries now) and buy peas picked up the same morning. While sailing off to the islands, we ate the peas, throwing off a train of peapods into the sea. I mean, they were not any toxic waste, and tasted just wonderful. Have a great weekend, Liisa.

 

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