Finally a very nice day coincided with a couple "free" hours today, and I was able to get out to plant the lettuce and peas. And sure enough, out came little girls to help! It is amazing how much they enjoy planting and subsequently eating peas. With all the stereotypes of children refusing to eat their mushy cooked peas, to my children, fresh peas off the vine are like candy. And really, they are. If you've never planted peas, now is the time. Their natural sugars are so high that it is a wonderful substitute for candy, at least for children whose taste buds have not been over-stimulated with junk. (Remember, my youngest thinks fresh kale is a treat!)
Eating peas for breakfast last June
The Little Marvel worked very well for us last year, and so I am doing it again this year. I have had very little success with climbers, but this bush variety was wonderful. We don’t plant enough to blanch and freeze, or even to make a meal. Just enough to give the children several weeks worth of fun food fresh from the garden. When I asked the older children once what was their fondest memory of my gardens as they were growing up, it wasn’t my beautiful flowers, sigh, it was fresh peas, beans, and cherry tomatoes from the garden. Oh, and those thick-skinned, large-pitted ancient grapes in the fall. Food leaves the longest and sweetest memories.
Welcome to Growing Goodness! This website is dedicated to growing good things, both plants and children. It's a gardening blog with maternal overtones, as I discuss the goodness and value of plants, both wild and domestic. In the process I hope to help you pass a love of nature on to your children. Happy Gardening!