Snowpeas: the ultimate kids vegetable

Ah snowpeas, you gotta love ’em! My kids love them, my Mothers’ Group kids, visitors, neighbours, everyone loves them.

Once you’ve got the trellis set up, which is a bit of effort but it’s a once-off, the rest is easy and the snowpeas just keep on coming and coming and coming! Continual gratification is the key in holding a child’s interest me thinks. Henry checks the vines every day and pulls off snowpeas and munches them right there on the grass. And this from a kid who is typically fussy with his vegies. Brilliant!

I started out taking photos of every harvest I was so excited (my first vegie planting to really produce) but I’ve been pulling off a feed every second day so it got a little ridiculous and i gave up.

Alas, my beloved snowpeas have recently fallen victim to dreaded powdery mildew. As I am now a “trainee Permaculturalist”, the chemical-based treatments of my past, i.e. powdered sulphur, would not do. So off to find an organic treatment. A Google search later and I’m spraying Chamomile tea all over my stricken snowpeas.

However, I think it was too little too late. I procrastinated when i first spotted the mildew, hoping it would go away as i didn’t know how to deal with it organically. So I watched it rapidly spread up the vines until at halfway up I thought I’d better deal with it.  So either I left it too late or Chamomile tea is a load of bollocks!

I’m trying to ignore the loud cynic in me, which i had better do if i’m going to go down this organic route, as there will be a lot of pain to come I think. My brother-in-law who is an Agronomist once said to me about organic methods: “people don’t realise that for every row you plant for yourself, you need to plant another one for the bugs.” And he’s probably right but us “organic urban farmers” don’t have the luxury of all that room and I am desperately hoping that the bugs just might fly over the top of my garden in search of someone else’s lettuces to chomp.