I'm very excited that I have finally been able to increase Icicle pea enough to be able to offer some in the 2017/18 seed shop this year!
This is a fresh eating pea with edible fleshy pod. Very light in colour hence the name. We love them fresh but also chopped up and frozen for winter use.
Below are two new to me dry peas. On the left is a lovely pea from La Societe des Plantes called Charlevoix and the other is called Gold Harvest. It may have come from Salt Spring Seeds but my packet said Orange. It has an unusual pastel bi-coloured flower, small pods and flattened shape. I'd like to look into its history further. I intend to grow both out in longer rows next year so that I can try a real sample of both in the kitchen for 2018! Working with plants, is definitely a longterm endeavour.
There are variations in the amount of savoy and purple as to be expected in this f3x2 (the biennial nature of the project means there are overlapping generations. I also have f3x1 in seed right now. I could grow f4 overwinter and both an f3x3 and an f4x1 next year along with an f3x2 in seed. Increasingly bonkers yes.).
Some have buckling which may be caused by some dreaded gal causing thing or as I like to interpret it (according to another farmer - stress... I have seen this occasionally before on kales and whatnot without any more untoward symptoms. By fall, I may see some head rot and that's something I am going to start strongly selecting resistance as well. I'm expecting this year to be challenging given the swinging temperatures and flooding rain.
I'll report back in October.
Overwintering outside and spring 2017 project update.
Interested in channelling your five year old love of bugs instead of bracing yourself ever time you see a new beetle in the garden? Well I have a workshop for you.
Not only that but I'll have all so-far collected seed for sale on the same date at last year's prices. So $3.00 for all perennials. As of this September, prices will be raised to reflect current pricing among small seed companies.
The plants have been slow to acquire any foliar disease and are growing rapidly. I'm trying to decide what to do, in terms of crossing, next. It's been suggested that I grow out some self'ed fruit. I've been thinking of also doing some crosses between siblings and maybe one other cross with another tomato.
All about growing, selecting and using edible plants in the Ottawa valley.