It was a cool and rainy day for June (again), so I took advantage of this to go pick some peas without sweating like crazy. I planted these peas on these trellises this year, and they are doing well, except I kind of figured by now the peas would be done, so I could use these trellises for my cucumbers. Our cool spring kind of delayed everything, so my peas are just getting going now. I have to hope that the weather doesn't slam into the high 90s, (which wouldn't be untypical of Iowa) and end the cool season veggies lives abruptly.
Every year I try to save more seeds. I am saving some seeds from a few Easter Egg radish plants that I left behind. I really think the flowers are quite delicate and beautiful. I've never saved seeds from radishes before, so I'll have to look that one up...but so far so good.
Here is a close-up of the pea blossoms. I just love the blueish-green tinge the leaves have. I grew Wando, Sugar Snap, and I think Frosty this year. I am very impressed with the vines on the Wando peas. They are taller than all the others and have more pods and blooms.
Here is part of my broccoli crop. I am so excited to have broccoli see it through from seed to finish this year. If I leave a broccoli in the garden, can I save seeds from that too? Like I said, I am new to saving some of these seeds. Broccoli is another one I need to look up. The silver on the leaves is fantastic.
If you pull the leaves to the side and look down in, you see the little broccoli heads. How do I know when they are ready to be picked? I don't want them all to bloom...but when is the magic moment when I know they are as big as they are going to get?
Here are a few of the sugar snaps I picked today. There are still quite a few pods on the vine, fattening up, but I left those for now. These will make a tasty addition to my lunch tomorrow. Do you grow cool season crops in your garden? I would love to hear from you...