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Filling my Pockets

June 5th, 2012

On Sunday afternoon I went out to check on the garden since it had been a few days since I had done it. First stop was the edible garden of course and I noticed right away that there were some peas ready to harvest. I picked and picked until my pockets were full, then I made a beeline back to the house to shell them. These are the ‘Dakota’ peas that a few of you recommended.

These peas are quite nice, they plants are very short, they probably wouldn’t even need support. They seem to be blooming and producing quite prolifically. I planted a few other varieties of shelling peas as well, but the deer have munched all of those off. Thankfully these are planted where the deer can’t get to them. The golden peas are ready to harvest and I have a few nice heads of broccoli as well.

We enjoyed these peas with dinner that evening, steamed and sprinkled on top of the Hungarian Goulash we were eating. They were simply divine. One of the best things about eating seasonally and growing your own is tasting freshly harvested items after a long time without them. You remember you like peas or beans, but you forget the complexity and freshness of just harvested vegetables, I can’t wait for the first tomato!

What fresh vegetable are you most looking forward to this gardening season?

14 Comments to “Filling my Pockets”
  1. daisy on June 5, 2012 at 5:36 am

    I’ve already enjoyed lettuce from the garden, a favorite picked fresh. Didn’t have any luck with my peas or green beans this year. I’m still learning…
    Enjoy your harvest!

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  2. Liz J on June 5, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Definitely peas, carrots, and tomatoes. Our peas have just had a major growth spurt upwads and are in bloom. No pods yet, but I can’t wait. The spinach and lettuce have been awesome. The taste of fresh out of the garden vegetables is amazing…actually I look forward to it all.

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  3. Lindsay Wilkinson on June 5, 2012 at 7:16 am

    amen to the first tomato! you are so right about that special freshness. spotted out first formed fruit this weekend – a cherokee purple – and the way i was shrieking & giggling you’d have thought i’d won the lottery or something. this is our first year starting tomatoes from seed, so it’s extra special.

    our peas are to the munching on point too. my oldest girls (5 & 7) had neighborhood friends over on sunday and they all stood around & picked ate every last one they could find. made my heart happy!

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  4. Melissa on June 5, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Those look delicious! We’ve been harvesting fresh green beans and sweet corn recently! I love fresh sweet corn!!!

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  5. goatpod2 on June 5, 2012 at 8:50 am

    My Dad & I have had peas twice already and filled a 2 qt. pail!


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  6. Allison on June 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I am looking forward to the first tomato too!! Although, I am loving the fresh shelled peas right now too!

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  7. Amy on June 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Mmmm, all of them, but especially fresh tomatoes. I can hardly stomach the bland ones from the grocery store. Of course, our finicky weather turned almost as soon as we planted our new garden beds, so tonight we plan to stretch plastic over the tomatoes, using the PVC sleeves installed in each bed to hold the hoops in place. Hopefully, this will give our tomatoes the warmth they need…the weather looks rainy and cool for at least the next week.

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  8. Margot C on June 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Oh! I love fresh peas. I wish now that I had planted them. What bounty!

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  9. Marcia on June 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Peas and beans….and carrots! Nothing beats that first time you pick a carrot big enough to get that sweet taste.

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  10. elizabeth on June 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    How does the taste/texture of Dakota compare to other shelling peas you’ve grown?

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    • Susy on June 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Great so far, would love to get enough to cook them and serve with butter & salt to see for sure how we like them, but in the sauce they were great.

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  11. Kathi Cook on June 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Pick my favorite child? I can’t,but if I was forced to it would be the tomato. Usually though it’s whatever is in season. Enjoyed sauteed scapes with our steak tonight.

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  12. Maybelline on June 6, 2012 at 12:20 am


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  13. Jennifer N. on June 6, 2012 at 8:20 am

    You are such an inspiration! I have been a follower for awhile now and always look forward to your next post. I have wonderful memories of harvesting vegetables with my grandparents in their backyard garden (it was the size of a suburban lot and enormous to a little girl). I have been trying to do the same with my daughter on a smaller scale, but it’s taking longer than expected. I’m finding that you can’t just whip up a garden like you can a batch of homemade toothpaste. :) This year I will live vicariously through you, so I’m grateful for what you share. Keep those beautiful pictures coming!

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