Within the large context of gardening, the raising of vegetables if peculiar, for the nourishment it offers is both physical and spiritual, a rare meeting of body and soul. In its pursuit, one becomes more directly a second Nature, seeding and tending and harvesting, usually in one season. There is a directness, too, a straightforwardness of process, a neatness expressed even in the rows, that makes vegetables gardening, among all other sorts on might think to practice, peculiarly satisfying. And, though all gardening creates litanies – the blooming of the first snowdrops, crocus and daffodils, roses and Joe Pye weed, the turning of autumn leaves and the appearance of the first colchicum – the maturation times of vegetables become unusually precious beads on a long string.
Joe Eck & Wayne Winterrowd in Living Seasonally: The Kitchen Garden and the Table at North Hill
There’s something wonderful about watching a vegetable go from seed to table. I especially appreciate the cycle of the humble garden pea. Perhaps it the size of the seeds, the quick growing nature of the vines or the amazing taste of freshly harvested peas. It doesn’t carry the poshness of arugula or the flamboyance of a large round tomato, but garden peas are a true delight. If you want to learn more about growing peas, head on over to read my Growing Great Peas guide on the Your Day Blog.
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