“They have a zipper, so they can stay warm.”

It’s fun to help little ones mind their peas and qs. The Qs are for questions, of course.

My smart, beautiful daughter Autumn is helping me grow peas. She doesn’t quite understand the concept of varieties – i.e. different versions of the same general thing – but she loves to look at pictures of peas.

She saw a picture of the Little Marvel pea pods (cool season, English pea type that we have growing in containers). She must have remembered I ordered zipper peas (Southern style cowpeas that thrive on hot temperatures).

She looked at the tender green pea, with its split pod and rotund  peas spilling out and said “It’s a zipper pea, because it needs a zipper to stay warm!” she said. “Right?”

(See the open-vested Little Marvel English pea below. I see how a zippered jacket might be needed in the cold)

Shelling Pea Little Marvel

Here are our container peas:

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A lot of the little Marvel seeds rotted in the soil because of too-moist conditions and a hard frost. We sent away for more. Will keep you posted.

Feb. 21 update:

The Sugar Sprint peas are up in the 4-by-8-foot raised bed. So are the carnival mix carrots and the spinach mustard. Still not a peep from the Marveille de Quatre Saisons lettuce.

Final outcome: The Sugar Spring peas produced wonderfully and quickly, but here’s a tip: You will get a much bigger harvest if you plant in the ground instead of in a container. Also, did you know you can eat the foliage? (The same goes for sweet potato leaves and shoots). The key is to plant extra just for the shoots, which can be tossed into salads or on top of shoots. If you snip too much foliage on the plants you hope will bear actual peas, your harvest will be diminished and delayed.

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