The draba are awake and starting to set flower buds. It’s still frosty and occasionally foggy here, so it’s a bit too cool and too early to be mucking about with the troughs yet. But the usual suspects like the draba, saxifrage and clematis are clearly starting to grow.
The peas (or more correctly ‘legumes’) are almost ready to harvest. At my community garden plot I planted two different varieties of chick peas this year. And they are coming along nicely.
The black kabuli chick pea plants have started to turn a beautiful red. The peas will be charcoal black.
The second variety – ‘Winnifred’s Garbanzo – look like they are going to produce a bumper crop of peas. They are heavy with pods and the peas will be ready to harvest in the next week or so. The foliage has a blue tinge to it – nice contrast to the black kabuki variety.
Both varieties have fuzzy foliage, stems and pea pods and have been pretty easy to grow.
The neighbourhood rabbit did dig a hole in the middle of them early in the growing season, so I lost a few plants, but other than that they have been watered regularly and don’t require staking.