I realise not everyone in the world will be interested in what I’m going to write about in this blog post, but if you read the headline and thought you’d like to know about what I have to say about Snow peas, and update, in fact, keep reading.
My husband is the one who does all of the heavy work in our garden, as well as just about everything else. I do some watering, if needed, when he isn’t there to do it, and of course, I keep an eye on what’s going on, because I let the dog, Missy, out for her outside times. When I let Missy out, I will often go out to, and I’ll look around at the garden.
It’s Spring in Australia now, just started, and we have lots and lots of lovely flowers around the place. I’ve just picked a few flowers and put them in a tiny little cut glass vase, two freesia blossoms and one geranium. It’s sitting on the windowpane in the kitchen and looks sweet.
The more important item in the garden at the moment though is the vegetable patch, where we have a fine crop of snow peas coming along.I love snow peas, and the couple I’ve had so far have been lovely and sweet, crunchy morsels of green goodness! The plants we have growing are fulling up the garden bed they’re planted in and reaching for the sky, helped with various sticks and strings for them to cling to, and climb up.
Anyway, I’ve done a bit of helping further, encouraging the curl their tendrils around the string in a couple of places, and also check out the growth of actual snow peas, size and numbers growing. My husband counted how many actual snow peas were growing today, and he said there were three, I think, or it may have been four. That was this morning.
After lunch today, I went out, with Missy, and looked at the snow peas myself. After taking a good look at the situation, I counted seven actual snow peas, with one of them getting close to being big enough to pick. There are increasing amounts of plants flowering, and so there will be increasing number of actual vegetables coming along after.
Snow peas are funny – the vegetable grows from the flower, and they can begin growing from where the flower was, with the petals of the flower at the far end of the actual pea pod. Well, I think it’s funny, anyway. In the photo above, you can see a little bit at the far end of the pea, that’s where the petals were attached, and fell off.
Anyway, that’s an update of our snow peas in our garden. I suspect once the season is over, I may not get so excited about them, but I certainly aim at enjoying eating snow peas regularly, I wrote somewhere recently that I thought snow peas may be my favourite vegetable, and I still think that might be true.
Another thing we have in our garden, is a few different herbs growing. We have chocolate mint, and thyme. The chocolate mint is in a pot, near our garlic plants, and the thyme is in a hanging pot, on the back patio, close to our back door. I could just be satisfied with looking at the plants, which are attractive enough, in their own ways, (the mint with its green leaves, and the thyme with its lovely little flowers growing just now).
But there is more to do with these plants than just look at them. I love having a cup of herbal tea, every now and then, as I did today, so while I was outside, I picked a bit of the thyme and the chocolate mint leaves, and brewed myself a cuppa. I was thinking about whether to put honey or sugar in my tea, and then had a brainwave. We have Cadbury chocolate powder in the kitchen, so I put about a third of a teaspoon of that in my tea, and oh my, it was delicious!
I’ve trying to cut my cups of coffee down, so knowing how good the herbal tea is, is going to make that easier for me, for sure! Speaking of coffee, I’ve only had one cup so far today, and I can have one more for sure. I’m trying to keep it down to two cups of coffee, or maybe three, if I’m going to be out late at night. So time for another cup of coffee for me. The tea was nice, but coffee has that added punch!
I’d love to know what you have growing in your garden, why not leave a message?!