A pea plant in the garden.
June 16, 2011

A few weeks back, it became apparent that the beets we were letting go to seed were much larger than we had thought they would be.  They grew over seven feet high!  Because we had not foreseen this, when I planted them last November, I did not pick an optimal location - so the taller they got, the more they shaded my corn.  The corn that was most shaded is literally half the size of the corn that was not affected at all.

So before they could get any taller I decided to pull the beets out and buy new beet seeds instead.  The beet roots were enormous - something like six inches in diameter - and the stalks were much thicker than I’d anticipated.  I put all of the beet plants in the chicken coop so that the hens could eat the leaves and we composted what they left behind.

I put my new pea seedlings in the empty space left behind by the beets.  I lost a few transplants, but after a few days most of them recovered from the shock and began to grow again.  In the last few days, they’ve started to climb around the fence trellises Donald built for them.  It is incredible to witness those little green brainless pea plant tentacles reaching out and grabbing hold of something.

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  1. By on June 16, 2011

    I love watching our sugar snap pea plants slowing climb up their trellis. It’s awesome!

  2. By kbreints on June 16, 2011

    Isn’t that COOL!

  3. By on June 17, 2011

    my grape vines are equally as exciting to me… it’s amazing how they grab onto things.





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