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I’ve got peas!

My pea pods filled out nicely!

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Remember how they started?

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The weather is turning much warmer, yesterday 80 degrees, today was in the mid-80’s.  By tomorrow, it should be in the upper 80’s (weather people are actually saying it will hit 90).  My peas will quit producing soon.  Maybe today, who knows.  So……..I harvested them.

Even though I may not have a bumper crop, I think it is kind of cool that I actually got English peas to grow in Texas. So, heeere they are!  (um, minus two pods I opened and ate in the garden)

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They tasted sooo good!  These I just steamed a bit on the stovetop until tender.  They were amazingly sweet.  But, one of my favorite ways to have fresh English peas  is with new potatoes in a cream sauce.

New Potatoes and Peas in Cream Sauce

Boil the potatoes (about a lb.)(they really need to be tiny red new potatoes) in salted water until tender, drain and set aside.   Cook the freshly shelled peas (about a lb.) until tender; either in boiling salted water or by steaming. Drain and set aside. 

 Make a bechamel sauce or sometimes called a cream sauce.   Melt 1/4 cup butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat.  Blend in 1/4 cup flour.  Cook about  a minute, stirring constantly.  Gradually add in 1 cup milk, cook over medium  heat, stirring constantly until it thickens.  Stir in 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. white pepper.

Combine the potatoes and peas, top with the bechamel sauce and gently stir to combine.  It is amazing!

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Tidying Up

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This past weekend was fairly mild, in the  50-60’s.   Sunday  was exceptionally nice.  So, what’s a person to do with weather like that….. WEED!!!!  I’m not sure why I have so many weeds.  They’re these tiny little grassy, pesty, weeds that spread like crazy.img_0126

 I am determined to be rid of them. ALL.  I don’t like to use pesticides, so I am humbly on my knees, exterminating them one by one.  See the progress?  img_0138

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Of course, the only problem with this method is you’re never done!!

So, I planted my English peas, maestro variety, on February 7th…….. and heeeere they are, along with some parsley which is doing unexpectedly well.img_0124

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Yes, I know there is a dowel lying on the ground between the rows.   (I am going to place a nylon trellis there for the peas to climb.  It’s kind of like a volleyball or tennis net .   The company says it will be shipped March 1st. )  I can’t wait to eat peas!!!!!

So,  I guess you saw the yellow jonquils.   I bought these at the grocery store last year in full bloom.  No reason,  just because they were beautiful.  When they finished blooming, I planted them in the yard and forgot about them until now.  (sigh)  This is why I love gardening.

So, here are a few more early Spring arrivals in my garden.

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So, get out there and weed people,  it is SO worth it.

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