Undercover Peas

comments (20) June 23rd, 2012

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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A simple cover helps extend the season for snow peas.Click To Enlarge

A simple cover helps extend the season for snow peas.

Photo: Jodi Torpey


One of the gardening tasks on the typical June to-do list is to pull up cool-season plants before they start to bolt and toss them on the compost pile. 

This is something I’d usually do, but this season the peas are still going strong.

In April I planted snow peas from Ferry-Morse’s Taste of Asia vegetable line in a large container that sits near the vegetable garden. To protect the sprouts from birds, squirrels, and other critters that might nibble at them, I covered the container with a large piece of row cover.

Once the plants started to grow, I added a tall, triangular trellis to the inside of the container and refastened the row cover to provide protection from cool spring weather that suddenly turned unseasonably hot.

The snow peas started producing flat pods in May and they haven’t stopped since. I’ve used them in stir fry recipes and have also quickly steamed them as both a hot side dish and a crunchy, chilled addition to salads.

The plants are still producing and I’m sure it’s because they’re staying cool undercover. My attempt to extend the season for snow peas reminds me of another Denver vegetable gardener’s extra efforts.

Last year I described how Kathy Corbett created an ingenious shade to keep her lettuce bed cool during hot weather in a blog post called “Lettuce Grow All Summer Long.”

Kathy built the lettuce shade out of recycled materials and an old sheet. She said the shade helped keep her lettuce cool during hot summer weather in her Zone 5 garden.

I plan to keep the snow peas undercover to see how long they’ll keep growing. If I can keep harvesting peas during 100-degree weather, I’ll have it made in the shade.

Have you had success growing cool-season vegetables in summer? Please share your gardening tips here.

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Comments (20)

stephenstone15 writes: Superb
Posted: 3:35 am on October 18th
stephenstone15 writes: Superb
Posted: 3:35 am on October 18th
Ednajooper writes: I like this technique
Posted: 4:28 am on September 15th
samdavis54 writes: Awesome
Posted: 12:01 am on August 30th
samdavis54 writes: Awesome
Posted: 12:01 am on August 30th
samdavis54 writes: Awesome
Posted: 12:01 am on August 30th
wiseharvey writes: Superb
Posted: 1:08 am on August 26th
brownwillis writes: Impressive
Posted: 5:24 am on August 17th
javierdiaz writes: i really like your technique
Posted: 2:55 am on August 11th
danafox25 writes: Good growing process.
Posted: 1:26 am on August 8th
BessieMurphy writes: m farming of peas in a big deal.
Posted: 2:01 am on May 19th
Nealcruz writes: Its good farming.
Posted: 12:59 am on February 11th
darrendixon writes: Undercover Peas I love them..
Posted: 3:15 am on December 14th
johan21 writes: too good
Posted: 12:18 am on July 2nd
Deepak786 writes: very nice
Posted: 5:33 am on June 23rd
Harbinger1 writes: really nice
Posted: 4:04 am on March 23rd
neylar writes: i am your fan
Posted: 12:13 am on March 20th
mickervine writes: unripe peas cook very tasty
Posted: 4:56 am on March 13th
WesternGardener writes: Thanks for filling us in on what's happening in your NJ garden. I wouldn't have expected that. If your neighbors get tired of the goody bags, you could donate to a food pantry near you.
Posted: 2:19 pm on June 25th
richindirt writes: My peas (uncovered have been the best ever his year (NJ). This past week has produced more than I can keep myself. The lettice has been excellent and is still thriving and neighbors have been thrilled with goody bags.
Posted: 11:16 am on June 25th
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