Sunday, June 17, 2007

Sugar Snap Peas

The sugar snap pea cultivar 'Cascadia' is recommended for the Pacific Northwest climate. The seeds can be sown as soon as the soil can be worked. I started my 'Cascadia' peas late this year. My vines were just starting to climb the trellis when they showed up in my farmer's market in Columbia City. I thought I wouldn't have a harvest this year.

Puttering in my garden a couple of weeks ago, I saw little white pea flowers and several pods. I was thrilled to taste my first snap pea, but they weren't as sweet as the those at the market.

What went wrong? What could I have done better? Fertilizer? More water? Sowing the seeds earlier?

Actually, I just needed patience. My taste test was a few weeks early. Now the pods are twice the size and twice as sweet.