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Monday, June 24, 2013

More than Lettuce, Weeds, Stitches and Question


 Finally!  More than just lettuce to post about!  These are the first shelling peas that I picked.


It has been so hot and humid here lately that we went out after the sun had gone down somewhat and picked this big bowl of shelling peas.  That will be our veggie for the next two or three nights!  They are so yummy so not complaining one bit!!!!!


I have a question for all you gardeners that are smarter than me!  I want to grow the peas that you eat the pods.  I planted these which are Sugar Daddy.  It says on the package that they are a stringless podded pea.  3 inches long.  Mine are about two inches long and after a bit they form the peas inside.  The pods seem to taste okay to eat though.  Did I buy the wrong kind of seed for what I want?  Can I sautee the pods even if they have started forming the peas inside? What kind do you recommend for eating the pods???????   Thanks for your help!!!!


I have pulled just a few green onions.  The small one had a bad spot and was not tasty.  The other one was a little large but okay.


One day I picked a little lettuce, one pak choi, little swiss chard, one kale leaf and a few sugar peas.


This is a little Sunsugar Cherry tomato.  I harvested two of them but one didn't make it into the house!


We have had some wrens around.  See the little bird in the top part of the trellis!


This butterfly seemed to love my lavender yesterday and stayed around for the longest time!  I love having butterflies and bees in our yard.

  
I thought this was calendula that reseeded in this pot with the marigolds!  I guess the joke was on me.  After looking at the leaves more closely I decided they were just healthy weeds and cut them down!


These white chairs have a little round table which we eat lunch at sometimes.  They are uncomfortable so we are using different ones.  I set these out in the yard for decoration and put a pot of flowers on each one.  Later added a little bird house beside them on the ground.  They are beside my newly planted this year butterfly bushes.


Here is a close up of one with the pot of marigolds.


This is the close up of the other one!


The strawberries are about done and I cut some lemon balm to dry even though it is not as good as fresh!


Remember the little pail that Coco's flower came in for Mother's Day??  Melissa made up this cute little arrangement in it for me.


We had a little excitement.  The pergola needed a new roof and the family came over to help.  My "wonderful gardener" got accidentally hit in the head with a crowbar!  Before I could take him to the emergency room for 8 stitches he had to give instructions to the crew on how to do it!!


This is our energetic daughter Sue up on the pergola pounding the nails into the roof.  The heat was oppressing and this is after a morning of weeding for me!  Oh, to have half her energy!


After the weeding and roofing she went out and mowed the front lawn!  I think she burned her share of calories for that day!


Whew!  You must be ready for a cup of tea!  What flavor would you like!!!  Or maybe with this hot weather I should make it ice tea!!!  Thanks for visiting!





31 comments:

Shawn Ann said...

Poor hubby! I wish I had half as much energy as your daughter! Boy!
Your harvests are looking good! How exciting for the first little tomato! I might have one out there now, but I have been busy and have not gotten to it! It is VBS week and I am making pizza sauce and 8 recipes of pizza dough! I hope it is enough! I am the snack person!

Annie*s Granny said...

Hugs going out for your poor husband. You're going to have to take better care of him, Nancy! LOL

Yes, eat the sugar snap pods any time, but before they get too old and tough. I like them when they get tiny peas inside, but often pick them earlier when I really need some for a stir fry. Of course, this year I'm picking none, thanks to the seed company mix up :-(

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Shawn Ann,
Thanks. Seems good to be getting something besides lettuce! 8 recipes of pizza dough! Sounds like you are pretty ambitious to me!!! Thanks for visiting!! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Annie*s Granny, Poor husband better not get too many bumps on the head with the crowbar or he won't be able to help me garden!! Oh, my, I had better get out and pick those peas first thing in the morning before the heat is too bad! I can share with you! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Daphne said...

Those are the right kind of pea. They are snap peas. You can eat them when the pod is flat if you like or after the peas have started to form. If you wait too long the pea will get tough. My favorite is when the peas are almost full sized, but I rarely pick them that way as not long after they get fibrous. I pick them every two days if I can and make sure the peas have at least started to form. I find them sweeter that way.

Daphne said...

And eight stitches! Ack! I hope he heals up fast.

kitsapFG said...

Definitely are snap peas (edible pods) but as mentioned by others pick them young for the best eating.

I hope your husband is feeling better - 8 stitches is quite a lot - it must have really really hurt!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Thanks Daphne for the information! I picked them this morning! Want to freeze some too! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Daphne! Can't keep a good man down! He is doing okay. Thanks for the sympathy! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi kitsapFG, Great to learn about my snap peas! Definitely want to grow them again! Thanks for the sympathy for hubby. He is doing good. Glad you could visit! Nancy

katy said...

i do that ALL the time (babying weeds that i think are volunteer plants)! so funny! i did it a few years back to weeds i thought were blueberry plants and this year, a weed that i thought was a tomato plant :)

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi katy, So nice to have you visit! I am glad that someone else has made the mistake of growing weeds!!! LOL Hope you will visit again! Nancy

lil red hen said...

Yes, I'll take iced green tea, please:) All your flowers are so pretty; I especially like the pots of flowers in the chairs. And for someone who has no garden (me) your peas, lettuce ~ well, everything, looks delicious!

vicki said...

Hi, Nancy! Your peas and garden goodies look so good. How nice of your family to come over and help out! I am so sorry to hear about your gardener's boo boo. I hope he is feeling better.

I think I will have some iced mint tea.

:)Vicki

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi lil red hen, A glass of iced green tea coming right up! Maybe you could have a little lettuce in a box for your garden? Glad that you could visit! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi vicki, Thanks. Wonderful gardener boo boo is doing good! Do you take sugar in your iced mint tea? Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Bernideen said...

What a great garden and please NO MORE CROWBAR accidents for your hubby! Thanks for sharing at Open House!!!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen, Thanks! I think I got the share at Open House in the right place this time,I hope! Thanks for commenting! Nancy

My Little Home and Garden said...

You have so many wonderful things in your garden for both beauty and produce. Your daughter sure comes in handy!
-Karen

Beth said...

Your garden is looking beautiful! Enjoy your produce. The peas look great.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi My Little Home and Garden, Thanks for commenting and your compliment. Yep! Daughter sure comes in handy with all here energy! I hope you will visit again! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Beth, Thank you. We are enjoying the produce but sure wish it wasn't so hot! Takes the joy out of gardening so hope it cools just a little and no bad storms!!! Thanks for visiting and hope you will come again! Nancy

Cheryl said...

I hope that your hubby is doing better and his cut is healing. Oh, to have all the energy!

I love the pictures of the flowers and chairs. Your garden sure is beautiful.

Have a wonderful evening.

~Cheryl

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Cheryl, Those chairs sure aren't too comfortable to sit on but they make nice pot holders!! Hubby is doing good. Got his stitches out today! Thanks for visiting!!! Nancy

Audrey said...

hi Nancy ... your yard is so beautiful and your veggies look so delicious. I love the eat the peas, but would not know what kind to plant.
Hope your hubby is felling okay and healing nicely.
Blessings,
Audrey Z.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Audrey, Thank you! I am sure you would experiment and soon learn what kind of peas you would like to plant! Hubby got his stitches out today and is doing good. Glad you could visit!! Nancy

Little Miss Maggie said...

Great vegetable garden. I wish I knew how to grow them. I have never even grown a tomato plant. I do love my roses though.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Thanks Little Miss Maggie! I am sure you would do fine growing some veggies. We just planted a new climbing rose bush! Come again! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Polka Dot Cottage, Your comment came in my e-mail but didn't come through on my blog but thank you for commenting. Hubby is doing well, had the stitches out and they hardly show! Come again! Nancy

Felecia Cofield said...

Hi Nancy! Your garden and lawn look so nice! So sorry the hubs had an accident, but glad to hear he is healing nicely now! Have a great weekend! Blessingsfrom Bama!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Felecia, Thank you. I am thankful hubby's accident wasn't worse than what it was! Glad you could stop by! Nancy