I know, I know enough of the supposedly dwarf pea pictures. But we just couldn’t resist just one last one because now I think they are done growing! Pretty soon these peas will succumb to mildew and become goat food.
Peas on Steroids?
Remember the 9 foot eggplant that we grew one summer! (here’s a pic) Well, these dwarf peas are now over 9 feet high!
Justin proudly informed me that these dwarf sugar snow peas haven’t been watered by humans since they were 6 inches tall.
No kidding! Of course, this winter we were extremely blessed with rain but still that’s pretty impressive I think.
Because of our tiny plot, we plant at a much closer proximity (bending the gardening rules a bit) which comes down to a higher density planting per square inch. Of course there ‘s a balance and you can only learn by “trowel and error.” Planting crops at a much closer/higher density we find, in our climate, saves water because the plants act like a living mulch. Too much exposed dirt leaves to evaporation and we need all the moisture as we can get.
Having cut our water usage in 1/2 while maintaining our high yields is one positive step in our water conservation and soil management program.
And we aren’t done yet. The guys have been working on two, yep TWO, new water projects (photos coming soon)
We attribute our growing success to healthy soil – good soil is a blessing and like Will Rogers aptly said said “they ain’t making any more of the stuff.” Taking our dry “adobe-like” soil and turning into what we have now took patience, lots of mulch, compost and care. Good soil doesn’t happen overnight but it’s worth the work.
So we have to treat the soil that’s under our feet like that’s all we have — because it is.
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