Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Peas in a Pod??? - and a washer too...

This year my girls have taken a real liking to helping grow some of what we eat here on the farm... They have been growing beetroot, tomatoes, carrots, radish, lettuce, snow peas and peas in the pod.

By far their favourite plant over the past couple of months would have to be the common 'Pea'... 
There's just something about it - don't you think?? From a shrivelled up looking piece of nothing pushed down into the earth as a seed it literally shoots overnight, emerging full of life, and before your eyes an amazing structure of a plant towers up towards the sky with a flower show along its way. Then, just like magic, those gorgeous flowers turn into teeny, tiny, little pods that get fuller and fuller and fuller until suddenly (so it seems) bite sized treasures are found hiding inside...
peas 3 peas 2 
I love growing 'peas in the pod' - have you ever grown them?? Traditionally they are a cooler climate vegetable (so I've been told) but here where I live I'm lucky enough to buck the trend and be able to grow them right up til (and sometimes through) Summer.
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Do you grow things in your garden at times you 'shouldn't'?? Or, are you more likely to stick to 'guidelines'??
Do your kids like to get involved with what you grow too?


If you follow this blog then you'll know that I love me a good Swap, am passionate about gardening and I just can't get enough hand-made washers in my life - right!!! - Well, combine these 3 things and you've got a Spring Washer Swap!!! 

Here's what I sent out to my secret partner yesterday afternoon (her name has been blurred out - it is a secret swap, remember... LOL). 
spring swap
2 packets of seeds (tomato and pea), both of which have been saved from my garden, and a bright Spring coloured washer using Cascade Sierra in the 'Tangerine' shade and the Tulip Stitch pattern (a freebie for here)...

What have you been making today?? xx

10 comments:

  1. Your washer is beautiful. I am a passionate gardener too, and your descriptive writing about growing peas was well received by me. Just last week I planted peas in my back yard. I love snacking on them when I'm gardening.

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    1. Thanks Annie!!! I can't wait to see the one you made for this Swap too... :)

      You must share some pictures of your peas too, once they start flowering and fruiting of coarse...

      Thanks for popping by.. xx

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  2. I always used to think of cilantro as a summer herb, but here in the California high desert, I have found that cilantro grows great over the winter, snow and all! It's about time for me to sow some seeds.

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    1. I always thought Coriander(cilantro) was a Summer herb too... I'll be trying to grow it during cooler months now too thanks to your feedback... :)

      Thanks for popping by... xx

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  3. I grow green beans on my tripods after the flush of my flowering sweat peas has expired in the early summer. I think I eat more beans direct off the stalks than cooked or served in salads - they just don't seem to make it indoors quick enough. I also love to grow the all time hardy silverbeet which is such a universal green. Love your pea trellis supports - great idea using sturdy sticks!!

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    1. Your beans sound absolutely dreamy Christine!!!

      I too love silver-beet and and have put some new coloured chard seeds in the ground this week.

      I am such a budget gardener, loads or re-purposing and scavenging goes on around here to make things 'work' - I'm so glad that you noticed my pea tripod made from old sticks, I simply love it!!

      Thanks for popping by... xx

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  4. Oh those peas look lovely! I can't wait to one day have a garden of my own. And what a wonderful thing that your girls are involved in the growing process, taking part in such an important part of life.

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  5. There's nothing sweeter than fresh peas from the pod. They're almost like eating lollies really.
    Such a beautiful washer your swap partner will receive. x

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    1. Thanks Zara!!! You're right, fresh peas are like little lollies... :) I can't wait to see what you receive from your 'secret' swap partner... :)

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