Potatoes and peas in progress

Potatoes and peas

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My peas and potatoes are doing quite well! For reference, I’m about 5′ 6″ and the beds have about 8″ of dirt in them. You can just barely see the orange and blue birdhouse behind the peas. These days, the parents swoop directly at your face and chatter their beaks at you if you stand this close.

(P.S. – This is my 100th post on this blog! Let’s celebrate with fresh peas!)



  1. Derrick said,

    June 27, 2008 at 8:53 am

    It’s lovely. Our potatoes, while not as many, are doing good also. I wish I had planted more peas though. I think we’re going to get about a soup can’s worth 🙂

  2. mandi said,

    June 27, 2008 at 9:03 am

    are all of your veggies in boxes? we are trying to reconfigure garden space-moving it to the front yard for more sun. raised beds in boxes seem to be our best bet (for soil conditions). do you plant one veg./box? i would love to know your experience in this. in our past homes we’ve just tilled up a spot and gone for it. but in our new home the soil is all clay and VERY difficult to work with/ammend.

  3. Jason said,

    June 27, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Wow! That’s really impressive!

  4. Emily said,

    June 27, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Thanks, everybody! I really can’t take much credit…the soil is good and the weather has been *perfect* this year. And those sugar snap peas are expected to get 6′ tall, so they’re just following their genes. 🙂

    Mandi, I love raised beds. They are truly the secret to my gardening success. They are easy to fill with good soil, easy to weed, easy to protect from critters, and just plain pretty. I plant one *family* of plants per box, to make crop rotation easy. I plant very intensively – along the lines of Square Foot of Biodynamic (John Jeavons) gardening. By this time of year, the plants shade out most weeds. Most of the beds are 4’x8′ and take one yard of “garden blend” soil (topsoil + compost) to fill. They are completely worth the price and the work of setting up.

  5. mandi said,

    June 29, 2008 at 9:49 am

    thanks emily! i like this idea. i’ve been trying mel bartholemew’s sq. foot method, but it gets confusing if i don’t keep highly detailed notes. i like your idea of a plant family per box. that is very simple and i won’t have to stress if my 2 year old plants a carrot in the pea row! : ) one more question- when you plant each box, do you leave space to go back and plant more for an extended harvest? or do you fill up a box all at once?

  6. Emily said,

    June 29, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Mandi- It depends on the crop and my inclination that year, whether I do “succession plantings” or not. Usually not. Carrots and beets are the only thing I bother to plant multiple crops. Instead, I plant things that have long harvest seasons – pole beans instead of bush beans, for example.

    When something comes out of the garden completely – spinach, lettuce, peas – I re-plant that area with something quick-growing, like mustard greens, squash, or a leggy tomato plan I found at the market.

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