It’s been nearly three weeks since the peas were planted and yesterday’s 14-inches of polar vortex-induced snowfall, and today’s single digit temps, made these little guys a welcomed site. Nothing like a little splash of green against a wintery backdrop to perk a couple of gals up.
At this point, the ultimate success or failure of the pea shoots experiment is irrelevant. They make us happy.
If memory serves, POD’s not-too-distant relatives toiled in southwest Michigan’s celery flats. Fast forward a few generations, travel several hundred miles to the east, bunker in for yet another nippy weekend and growing celery indoors doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. This Pennsport gardener and her trusty knife-wielding sidekick hacked off the end of a nice fresh bunch and stuck it in a bowl of warm water. With any luck, fresh shoots and roots will emerge in a week or so.
Looks like POD’s primary isn’t the only one who’s missing her garden. The Carrot Seed, Ruth Krauss’ charming lesson on patience, farmer-style, has been languishing on the shelf for nearly a year. The Hurricane dusted it off today.
Nothing says, “time to plant!” like a good, old-fashioned cold snap. Between the arrival of seed catalogs, plummeting temperatures, and a respectable layer of crunchy snow, the folks at Plants on Deck found themselves a little stir-crazy.
And after a nearly unsuccessful expedition along ice-covered South Philly sidewalks/pavements (detouring to climb a treacherous Mt. Herron) to the local garden store for potting mix, supplies for pea shoot planting were procured.