Peas Are In----Maybe

Richmond, KY(Zone 6b)

Got two of the three pea varieties planted yesterday, in a light mist. And then the sky's opened up. I mean it was Noah's Cape around here.

This is the third year in a row that the monsoons hit immediately after I planted peas. Last year the rains were so bad the seeds got washed out and I had to replant.

I'm thinking of a new career path. For an appropriately high fee, me and my packets of pea seed can show up at any drought site and get going. Sure enough, the drought will break. But then they'll have trouble with the floods.

Kennedy, NY(Zone 4a)

Can you help with snow? :)

Richmond, KY(Zone 6b)

John Lindsey, while mayor of New York, said to the people of Queens: "God put the snow on the ground, God will take it away."

Who am I to interfere in God's work? :-)

Brook - I thought of you while I was driving to and from Atlanta yesterday, remembering that you'd be planting your peas on the traditional Valentines Day.

Better to be planting in the rain than not planting at all!! :) I'm putting out my first row of onion seeds today, and the weather is yucky - misting and very wet. Ugh.

Dave

Richmond Hill, GA(Zone 8b)

Yup, today is a good day for planting root crops. I hope your back holds up better than mine has. LOL

Pete2

Richmond, KY(Zone 6b)

Rain? Rain you say?

Son, we're not talking rain. We're talking biblical deluge.

By the time it tapered off there was 2" of standing water on the flats, and the creek running bank to bank.

BTW, Dave, you have my sypathies driving to and from Atlanta. Atlanta is a great place to be in. But getting to, and coming from is a real horror show.

And in the heavy rain, no less. And Chattanooga is a traffic nightmare, rain or shine.

Actually, I made it back from downtown Atlanta to our home in only 3 hours. It's almost exactly 200 miles, and I've never done it that fast before.

Dave

Richmond Hill, GA(Zone 8b)

Good time, Dave. I have a brother that lives in Atlanta. I talked to him yesterday and he passed on a bit of information that will come in handy next time I go up for a baseball game. They're putting up those radar/picture taking machines that take a picture of you and your car tag if you exceed the speed limit. Shortly thereafter, you'll find a little surprise in the mail in the form of a summons to court for speeding.

Pete2

Pete2 - yup I read about this a few months ago. They've been doing it in Germany for years, and it's a matter of time before it takes hold here in the States (not that I believe this is a bad thing).

Here's a tip for you: Check out Atlanta's Marta system. Park on the outskirts of town and ride their Marta train straight to the ballpark. Your avoid the traffic, expensive parking, and walking a mile from your parking spot to the stadium.

Dave

Richmond Hill, GA(Zone 8b)

Oh yeah! I love Marta. I've ridden it many times. The new stadium is awesome but VERY expensive. It cost a small fortune to take my family of 6 to a baseball game. My 4 boys are really into sports and love the Braves. Oh the sacrifices we parents make for our kids! But it's all worth it to see the smiles on their faces.

Pete2

I've only been to 2 braves games in my life. The first was years ago in the old stadium, the second was the past summer when my twin brother and his family were visiting us in Atlanta.

The new stadium is incredibly impressive! It's very nice, but yes expensive. I think we paid $25 each for seats on the very top row of the stadium and something like $6 for a beer (which, for me, was a necessity so that I could sit through a 4 hour game).

;-)

Dave

Philadelphia, PA(Zone 6b)

I thought of all you pea people as I tasted the yummiest snap peas today - yum!
Trish

Richmond Hill, GA(Zone 8b)

That's right, Trish. Rub it in! LOL

Pete2

Philadelphia, PA(Zone 6b)

Hey Pete....I bought them from a local produce stand and boy, did I think what I am missing by not growing those babies..lol. I wish I had the space for veggies, but I don't. I'll just have to envy you pea planters everytime I eat something so good..more power to ya's!
Trish

Richmond, KY(Zone 6b)

Well, I got the final---and most important---variety in today.

What makes it imporant? They're Parsley Peas, a very rare variety that Will Weaver sent me (he's the HDRA custodian for them). Instead of tendrils they put out parsley-like bunches of leaves. That's the part you eat.

Will sent me 50 seeds, and, hopefully, they'll be successful here and I'll have lots of seed to trade with in the fall.

This really is a very special variety, and I'd like to see more folks help preserve it.

Dicentra: It doesn't take a lot of room to grow peas. Lot's of time I grow them on large tomato towers, which only requires two feet of surface. That's how I put up my blue Pod Capucinjers this year, for instance.

Philadelphia, PA(Zone 6b)

Brook..I may give it a try, then, with some tomatoes and peas :)
Trish

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