New this year - cow peasEach year I challenge our family to choose a new vegetable to plant in our garden. Someone recommended that I try Texas 40 peas. Knowing NOTHING about them, I planted a short row.
This Southern Style Cowpea only does well in warm weather and is drought tolerant – so if I don’t get to watering, all is still good. They grew well, so tall in fact, that I needed to add some string support. Then, the aphids came in droves. I don’t use sprays on anything except fire ants, so had to resort to wiping the aphids off with a wash cloth (yuck) I don’t think a soapy water bath would have done anything at all. It reminded me a bit like wiping dirty diapers – was I really doing this for peas??? Then the ladybugs came to the rescue and life was better.
2 ½ months after planting, they had some peas ready to harvest and they were totally worth it! What fun it was to open them up and eat the peas! They are a light greed colored, mild, even sweet pea. Even my 1 year old was eating them and begging for more! Gardening has been such a great influence on my children’s eating habits. Check out this video if you want to see the plants and my one year old's opinion on them!
I also have a greater appreciation for all the hard work and time it takes to fill a bag of shelled southern peas. No wonder they are so expensive at the farmers markets!