A mere 10 days ago, Provider Snap beans were planted. Happily, one of the two has already emerged. And in two to three weeks, a couple more pots will be sown — in the hopes of a nice, steady, bountiful stream of green beans.
Remember March? Just about two months ago to the day, this lovely Maestro was planted. If the cool temps persist, it may be pea season pretty soon.
A certain amount of flexibility is required here.
The husband made it clear that he wanted shelling peas. You know, those incredibly delicious English peas that pop so pleasantly. And yet, what’s listed here? A snap pea. You know, the kind you eat, pod and all? Good thing it wasn’t available, forcing me to re-read 18 pea seed descriptions and order the Maestro from Burpee. “Excellent flavor. Heavy crop of 4 1/2″ pods, with 9-12 peas each. Vines are nearly immune to powdery mildew.” Height 26″
Also? Lesson learned: order seeds from the small company first. Wait a day, figure out what they decide they’re not carrying and while you’re at it, figure out what you’ve forgotten, then order the balance from the big seed emporium.
These lovelies will find some dirt the moment they come home. One of those early crops that enjoys cool soil and despises the oppressive heat of the summer. They’ll wind their way up the handrail, alongside the English Ivy, up to POD’s front door. (Yup, cheating.) Like beans, they’ll also get a pinch of rhizobium and maybe a handful of nitrogen-rich coffee grounds for good measure.