bkyard-mar-08-1.jpg Nice & tidy, another succession planting of peas

OK, where did I leave off. Oh, yes our crazy goat’s antics.

Life on the urban homestead is certainly full of jumbles and un jumbling which stories and pictures to post can be hard. Oftentimes I feel I am repeating myself – after seven years that’s sure bound to happen. Our urban homestead is packed full of topics and practices – water, fuel, transportation, food, energy, biodiesel, solar, menagerie of animals, gardening, etc, etc. And sometimes they all end up in jumbles in draft posts on the computer or cluttering my brain space. I wish all such ramblings where as neat as tidy as this pea bed (shown above)

So bear with me as I unjumble.

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  1. mary says:

    Those are great supports for the peas! Can you tell me a little more about them? I have had a tricky time finding the right kind of trellis [etc] for my sugar snaps for several years – they tend to end up in a bunch with most of the framing attempts I’ve tried.

    I LOVE all the great pictures, videos and articles you are publishing! THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your steady inspiration.
    ~mary in Oklahoma [PTF reader for 4 years]

  2. Eric says:

    Can you give some details on how you planted the bed? Did you start the seeds in soil blocks? How closely are they planed?

  3. PhoenixJen says:

    Hi Urban Homesteaders!

    Another great post. I just wanted to tell you that these “detail” pictures of HOW you do stuff is particularly useful for me as I bumble through setting up my own urban homestead here in Central Phoenix. Any information on “best practices” is especially appreciated.

    Topics I’d love to see are (and I reveal my newbie-ism in the whole farming arena):
    –how to plant for continuous harvest of a crop – esp how you rotate amongst beds, general timing guidelines, if you do a green mulch crop at some point for your soil, intercrop, etc.
    –what bed design works best for you (although this will probably be different for me as I practice permaculture and am in an arid region where we are more likely to make sunken in beds than raised beds for water harvesting and heat and wind protection)
    –most useful tools, supports, etc (like the popular concrete reinforcement wire!)
    –how you PLAN your planting – what works, what doesn’t

    Oh, there’s more! I’m facinated by what you all are doing and it’s working here in downtown Phoenix as well! My neighbors LOVE my property and often stop by to help harvest or just chat about plants. They’re REALLY shocked when I show them my water bills! 🙂


  4. Anais says:

    Hello Mary

    Wow, a four year reader! Amazing. Glad you continue to join us in our journey.

    We are working on seeing if we can carry these collapsible metal trellises on the Peddler’s Wagon so stay tuned!

    Thanks for the positive comments! They are greatly appreciated.

    All the best in your family’s journey,

  5. Anais says:


    With this bed the seeds were planted directly in the ground. Thanks to the recent warm weather the germination rate was quite good.

    As for planting Farmer D method of planting is what he likes to call “SQUARE INCH GARDENING” The peas are planted but inches from each other in what he feels is a more natural method of planting.


  6. Anais says:

    Hello PhoenixJen

    Thanks for the positive comments, glad you are finding the posts helpful. Wonderful to hear another case of positive change. Keep up the good work.

    If you haven’t already, I am sure you’ll find even more helpful HOW TO tidbits in the seven years worth of archives.

    Thanks for the suggestions. I think we would need to write a book!


  7. P~ says:

    Anais, I agree with PhoenixJen, your detail pictures really give me some good insight into how you do things there on your land.
    I was wondering, how many pea plant do you tend to plant. We are a family of five, with three boys (10,11,13) and we all love peas. I plan on planting mine this weekend, weather permitting, and have yet to decide on a specific quantity. Help?

  8. Anais says:

    Hellp P~

    Thanks for your question. We stick with snow pea varieties because you can eat the WHOLE pea. Just wanted to clarify that first. Sometimes when I am writing ( having to write snippets here and there) I sometimes forget to mention details or particulars.

    Anyhow, it all depends. Whatever beds happen to be available we plant two or so then in a couple weeks another two or so till the seaon is over. It’s difficult to determine quanity because we aren’t planting just to feed our family we also plant for profit. And even sometimes heavyweight food crops take second if there’s a “lightweight” cash crop that needs planted instead.

    Our planting is very complicated and complex because we grow for both food and cash all on such a tiny piece of property we can’t always define what’s what. After 20 years of growing food on this property and over 15 years since the start of our produce/herb/edible flower business we still are continually changing and adapting as the years go by. In fact each year our garden is different from the previous. We are always changing things around hoping to finally “HIT” the right formula.

    Like I said to PhoenixJen one day a book is in order so that we can get all this stuff down in one place! But of course that would require us to spend more time writing than growing food and that would defeat the purpose of our mission at the moment.

    Happy planting!

  9. Nancy Kelly says:

    Anais, I just read the comment from Jennifer in Central Phoenix, that’s where I live too, would it be possible to pass along her email to me privately, I would love to stop by and see her garden.

    Thanks, Nancy

  10. PhoenixJen says:

    Nancy – please email me at phoenixhomesteader@gmail.com.


    Woo hoo – another Phonecian!

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