The Violet Fern

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What’s Growing: Purple Peas and Potato Seeds

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In spite of the roaming and very hungry rabbit herd, I actually have harvested a few things from the Potager for myself!

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The garlic is now hanging to dry in my shed.

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I planted Purple Podded Peas from Hudson Valley Seed Library. Each year members are asked to grow a different heirloom seed by the library, and then to collect some of the seed and send it back to the library. This way heirlooms are grown in and spread about various places so the plant varieties live on. This year the chosen seed is Purple Podded Peas, a wonderful dried pea that was absolutely beautiful growing on the vine. I just recently harvested the pods I let dry (on the vine). I cannot wait to make a homemade split pea soup with these! – though I can wait for the colder weather to do so, even after our recent heat wave.

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Purple Podded Peas

Speaking of heirlooms, I did not realize that potatoes actually produced seeds! Did you? Most potatoes no longer set seed as this trait has been bred out. I planted a variety pack from Wood Prairie Farm called Potato Blossom Festival.

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Potato Seeds or Berries

So far no signs of damage from the Squash Borer Moth on my cucumbers and squash. I hid a bean bush in there that the rabbits didn’t find and actually picked my first few green beans!

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Cucumber Tower

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Cucumbers beginning to form.

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Squash Towers

The asparagus has been tossed about in recent high winds and chopped off by, yes, again the rabbits, and still the first year fronds manage to fill out.

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I’ll be making salsa verde soon, minus fresh chiles from my garden. The peppers have been picked almost to death (again, the rabbits) – maybe they’ll make a come back. I am hopeful. They are now secured within open-ended black, plastic pots. The cold frame is covered with plastic potting trays for the same reason – actually a rather nice shade cover – and is planted with beets, carrots, turnips and kohlrabi.

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Tomatillo

So far, a couple of the artichokes, surrounded by zinnia and nasturtium, look promising. I sure hope they flower – last year they dried up!

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The pole beans are not-so-mysteriously missing from this bean tower. Morning Glory climbs up it instead. Third round of sowing seeds … maybe this round will make it?

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Potted eggplants – a container variety from Renee’s Seeds called Little Prince – next to purple perilla which has seeded itself throughout the Potager.

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Container Eggplants and Purple Perilla

Volunteer dill has been left to run wild through the Potager.

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I have been training the trumpet vine over the rustic arbor. It has doubled in size this year.

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Trumpet Vine Campsis ‘Flamenco’

I will be planting more lettuces, chard, kales, and spinach over the next few days for autumn harvest. I am going to raise one of the beds another 12″ to see if it will be too tall for the rabbits to take interest. If anything, it will be easier to tend.

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Author: Kathy Sturr

Author of the Violet Fern blog, artist, and master gardener.

7 thoughts on “What’s Growing: Purple Peas and Potato Seeds

  1. I absolutely love your rustic arbor and your “twig” teepees that support various vines! How did you join the branches together when you made all of those? I’ve been thinking it would be fun to do something like this, but I have never really made anything before, so I’ve been putting off moving from dream to reality!

  2. So sorry to hear about the rabbits. Harvested some cukes for the first time. I purchased an A-frame to grow cukes and melons up it next year. My beans are out of control this year….I also planted lettuces, carrots and spinach for the fall. My peas just stopped growing so i am pulling some and will replant them soon. My chiles did not like the cold June so they are just stunted pathetic looking nubs…

    • Hi Donna, we just ate my first cucumber last evening – delicious. That is what makes it all worth it. We are enjoying some much needed rain. Everything received a good soaking and will now grow, grow, grow! I love growing veggies on “towers” – much easier to harvest and keep in check. You’ll love that A-frame. Enjoy those beans!

  3. Those peas are stunning! Your garden is just beautiful, and your food looks amazing! We have a small lot in the city and have found we don’t need our lawn either! robbie:-)

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