Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Asparagus Pea

I like to try something new on the allotment every so often. Asparagus pea had often intrigued me so I planted some seeds this Spring. I have not heard great things about them but decided to give them a try for myself. The pods are supposed to be winged, and you are supposed to pick them very small, about 4cm long and steam them. They are supposed to taste of asparagus. I read about them recently and one grower stated that you must have a vivid imagination when you think that they taste of asparagus! At present their one redeeming feature is these lovely scarlet flowers! Has anyone tried growing asparagus pea? Was it worth it?

Elsewhere on the allotment, my 2 disappointing rows of carrots have failed miserably. Not only did I get only half a row out of each packet, in total only 6 carrots have germinated in both rows! The seed was definitely in date, (from T&M) I suppose they are temperamental like parsnip seeds. Anyway, I have sowed 2 more rows of Detroit 2 and Perfect 3 beetroot. I love beetroot! (My Uncle Charlie was sent home from Palestine during the war because they thought he had dysentery... actually he had been eating beetroots!!)


At 1:53 PM, Blogger Frankie Baby said...

So I'm not the only one suffering carrot faliure. I only managed to get 4 (albeit good looking carrot plants) out of a long line of sown seeds. I'll sow some more soon if it isn't too late.

Loved the cucumber arch idea! Please keep us posted on it's progress.

At 7:53 PM, Blogger clairesgarden said...

I grew asparagus peas a couple of years ago and my stepmum grew them too, she loved them, I hated them. its just a matter of personal taste.


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