Once the Latvian peas had gone over, I was wondering what to plant in their place. Imaginatively, I decided: more peas!
This has been a year of succession planting, with some of the planting after the solstice. Here are our new peas:
I suppose a number of things can now happen to these seedlings:
- They get confused and die off.
- They grow until the first frosts and die off.
- They bolt, and produce flowers but not any peas in time.
- They bolt, and produce flowers and more peas.
It’s a little bit of an experiment, to see exactly what’s going to happen next.
In a similar vein, I planted new Lettuce Tantan and Buttercrunch, only a handful of each:
The Buttercrunch (right) has tended to go to seed faster, whereas the Tantan (left) is still hearting up. In addition, when we’ve pulled up the blown Buttercrunch, they’ve also tended to be full of slightly bitter sap, although immersing cut leaves in water for an hour really helps and leaves the buttery flavour behind: in comparison, the Tantan seems to still be not too bitter. With this in mind, Tantan would make a good successional crop, next year.
This year, I’ve no space guaranteed untouched because of the landscaping, so I can’t really plant any overwintering crops. In their place, then, these trials are as good as anything!