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My delectable harvest

A friend once told me that her homegrown peas rarely make it from garden to kitchen. They're just too tempting.

My delectable harvest

A friend once told me that her homegrown peas rarely make it from garden to kitchen. They're just too tempting.

Ta da! I know this looks like the leftovers from a toddler's dinner, but this is my first pea harvest ever! Twenty pods, about 60 peas, and darn, I should've planted more. For the 100th time, live and learn.

My friend was right on the money. I popped several pods right into my mouth on the way to the house. They were extraordinarily sweet and crunchy. Put them in a dinner salad, and they are gone, gone, gone.

I've had no such success with carrots this spring. Pulled one up last night and it was about 3 inches long and so woody I couldn't get a knife through it.

But the peas ... and the zesty radishes, the lemony sorrel, spinach, baby lettuces and dill ... those I did OK on. I lived. I learned. More to go.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog
Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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