June17, 2012 We are building pea frames right now. 2 x 4’s for a frame, fully 8 foot tall. 2 x 4 across the top and synthetic twine for the peas to climb. Love peas, these being Sugarsnap. (In the pic below, on the right are SugarAnn, slightly shorter vines that bear a bit sooner. These were also planted about two weeks later.) Edible and wonderful and sweet at any stage of growing. (Horses and dogs think so too) But they get very TALL, as you must know if you’ve grown them before. Easily 10′ – 12′ so they need a monster trellis.
Last year we built what we thought would be a good sturdy trellis, but no. As they climbed up, over and started back up, their weight collapsed the trellis. Not this year! (I hope) Sometimes, we feel like Bill Murray against the gopher (the peas!) in Caddyshack.
Transplanted more red raspberries today. They are Latham and do really well here. My new raspberry bed is a long mound of compost with added bonemeal to the compost. The transplants are watered in with an Alaska fishmeal (5-0-0) watering.
If you aren’t composting, I recommend it. It really does plants good and holds moisture perfectly.
Big day for us. Curt seeded the back (future pasture) land. Now we are praying for rain to get our seed off and growing. Our second choice is dragging hose out and setting up irrigation. That’s our afternoon project.