Because we have had so many rainy and cloudy days here at the Small Table, my pea plants survived all the way to June! I have to celebrate this victory with an exclamation mark, because I have no idea whether they will make it to actual pea-maturity. The heat which has held off for so long is now coming full-force: summer is here. The plant is still alive, and a few pods have even formed. But the ends of each stem are wilted down and suffering since the heat began– crunchy, like they’ve been fried in oil.
Last week I put up the cheesecloth. It’s quite a precarious set-up– one stiff breeze could knock my manufactured shade off its perch. It’s probably also not that popular with the neighbors. But it’s in the name of Peas!
As you can see, the cheesecloth (3 layers) does provide needed shade while still allowing some light to pass through. And if you stick your hand under the shaded area, you can actually feel that it is cooler. Aack! I just want a pea. Am I alone in my agony? I’ll keep you updated.