I wandered past my garden the other day and noticed that I really should be picking some peas. (I also noticed I really needed to be pulling some weeds!)
I was very happy to see I actually had peas. This gardening season has been a battle for my peas against rabbits, ground hogs, earwigs, weeds and grasshoppers. The plants are shorter than normal, due to all the pruning they have had. This makes it a little harder to pick them but they are so worth the effort.
This year I made sure to get the correct seed. Last year I purchased seed to late and ended up settling for snow peas. I know many people love snow peas but we thought the pods were kind of crunchy and I really wanted to steam them and be able to eat the pods.
My husband and I discovered that neither of us were very fond of the snow peas so when the seeds came out late this past winter I quickly purchased a couple packs of the Sugar Snap Peas that we like. My husband still asks me if we got the right ones.
We planted them on time and they quickly came up. Then the battles began. (Note to self: Next year plant them close to the beans, lettuce and other stuff that we put chicken wire around to keep out “nature’s self-appointed pruners”.) Due to the limited amount of plants that survived we will probably only get enough for meals now and then ……no freezing any. At this point that is good enough for me!
I also spent some time weeding today, even though it was incredibly hot and muggy . The melon patch was starting to look pretty bad and definitely required attention.
I am going to be gone for the rest of this week, with my sister, to attend and volunteer at Together 2016, that is taking place at the National Mall in Washington, DC. I knew if I didn’t get some of the weeding done before I left the garden was going to get ugly pretty fast in this heat and humidity. There may or may not be a life lesson in there for me!
This trip was on short notice so I seem to be running around to get things done before I go. Perhaps the time spent in the garden was exactly what I needed; to slow down and take things one at a time. Lesson learned….for now.
Everything that slows us down and forces patience,
everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature,
is a help.
Gardening is an instrument of grace.
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