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

Thursday, July 15, 2010

More Salmon Flowered Peas

I've picked my first batch of this old heritage variety Salmon Flowered Pea. They are very easy to shell, they pop open easily.

There are between 3 and 6 peas in each pod which isn't a lot by modern standards but you would expect this from an older variety. They are a lighter green colour than some other peas.

I wasn't struck by the flavour and texture when they were cooked though. For me, they tasted similar to a marrowfat pea and had quite a dense, grainy texture. Not the best tasting pea. I will be saving the rest of the crop on the vine to dry to use for seeds.

Meanwhile in the greenhouse I am thrilled with this Tiffany F1 cucumber. There are lots more to come! This is an all female variety so there are no male flowers at all.

These Country Taste beefsteak tomatoes are doing well in the greenhouse. I am trying to keep them well watered and fed, but in this heat it is difficult to get the balance right in a hot greenhouse.
As my strawberry crop for this year is now finished I have pruned them right back to allow the second set of leaves to grow. This is an essential part of strawberry maintenance.
This second set of leaves feed the crown in order to produce leaves next year. Cut them right back and give them a good nitrogen feed to get the leaves growing strongly.


At 10:35 PM, Blogger Mal's Allotment said...

That seems a bit severe on the strawbs, Matron! I've heard of giving them a haircut with shears, but to be honest I don't even do that. Now I feel like a true wimp.

At 11:30 PM, Blogger Robert Brenchley said...

A agree that Salmon Flowered isn't particularly sweet, which doesn't matter with our style of cooking. It was probably fairly sweet by the standards of the time though. I've left mine for seed, since I didn't have many this year.

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I like a Salmon Flowered pea very much and have just posted some rather gorgeous photographs of their flowers on my blog. I've been growing them a while now, and although the pods are small with only a few peas I think it's worth it for the lovely flowers.

At 12:07 AM, Anonymous ChickenLover said...

Hmmm ... why are you saving your peas to use as seeds if they don't taste very nice? I grow boring old Kelvedon Wonder and they are delish!

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Kath said...

I pick them when the peas are a little smaller than that Matron. I find them sweet at that point. They are sweet enough to scoff from the pod, but a few do get as far as the pan!

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Damo said...

Thanks for the strawberry info Matron, another job for the weekend!

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Hi Matron. The veg is looking good. it was interesting what you said about keeping the tomatoes watered in the heat. its been more like autumn here today with wind and heavy showers.

At 4:12 AM, Anonymous kitsapFG said...

Intering info on the strawberries. I always do my hard "haircut" in the very early spring. I wonder if your method is better for the plant?

At 4:16 AM, Blogger Dan said...

I'm looking forward to trying some of the salmon peas! Here is a list of some of the things I have available:

The cucumber looks excellent. We buy them all the time at the store, they all them English Cucumbers here. Fitting name :-) I should try growing them next year.


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