Kids in the garden - Growing Peas (Texas 40)

New this year - cow peas

Each 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!
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3 comments:

  1. I bet this felt rewarding! We didn't grow any veggies this year, but did a sensory garden and grew lots of herbs. The kids loved going out to pick for me at dinnertime.

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  2. Peas are my favorite plant to grow in our garden. And ladybugs are awesome garden helpers!

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  3. Love that you did this video! And Love that your little guy is loving peas!
    Blessings
    Shari

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