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Re: Unintended consequences
  • Subject: Re: Unintended consequences
  • From: BONNIE_HOLMES <bonnie_holmes@comcast.net>
  • Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 19:41:35 +0000 (UTC)

I also plant in raised beds. When plants seem to take off, I put a
walking board between the four rows. My beds are a little wider so it
works pretty well.

ETN Zone 7 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI Johnson" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> 
To: gardenchat@hort.net 
Sent: Monday, May 3, 2010 11:09:07 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern 
Subject: [CHAT] Unintended consequences 

I don't know why it took me more than 20 years gardening in this climate 
to realize I could plant peas before March. DOH! Anyway this year I 
planted way earlier than in the past. I grow the short snow peas and 
snap peas because putting up a trellis is just too much hassle, and I 
use a modified version of the "wide row" method - I have beds 4' x 14' 
and I plant four rows of peas in a bed. They grow up to support 
themselves and it's narrow enough so I can pick from either side...at 
least it used to work that way. 
Turns out peas like having that extra time to grow. They got much bigger 
than I'm used to before starting to flower, expanding out and up, and 
the bed is now one solid mass of pea foliage. To make life interesting, 
the plants in the very middle were the first to flower and they are 
forming nice peas. But I can't reach in there from the sides any more, I 
have to walk in the bed. How to get in was the problem. Good thing I 
have been taking yoga for the last few years, I was practicing many 
balancing postures while finding or clearing a spot for each foot so I 
didn't crush any plants. The twisted poses were great for picking peas 
all around since I couldn't really move my feet once on the ground. Glad 
no one had a camera as I'm sure my form was not good. But I picked a lot 
and I didn't fall on my face. 
I am definitely going to plant this early again, but I'll have to change 
my method! 


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