PEAS so much work for such small payoff

PEAS so much work for such small payoff

"pea pickin" Saturday!

Every year we grow peas in our garden. Yes they are delish! HOWEVER….they are just so much WORK!  First ya gotta pick those suckers….then ya gotta shuck em…(do you call it shuck)? Peel? Open? Whatever! And that just takes FOREVER!  Then my uncle Jack (who lives with us) decides that no one is taking the time to pick the peas, and somehow he believes there is an expiration date on them, and so if no one is going to pick them he should just go ahead and yank em out!  Every year I tell him “NO Jack”….”we will pick them…and they will continue to produce as well….please don’t tear out the peas”. One year he didn’t ask…he just went ahead and yanked! Yet every year I say “please, lets not plant peas! I hate the work of them” “and they make Jack wanna yank” “so wasteful” ….but every year peas are planted…this year it’s the kind that you can eat pod and all…so I picked all those suckers today…to make Jack happy, and to keep his hoe outa the pea patch! He kept yelling from the other side of the fence…”get outa the garden Barbie” I don’t know why he was doing that, but he must have thought I was working to hard. Probably because (like I always tell my family when I don’t want to work to hard)”I can’t do that”  “I am just a delicate flower”.


You see peas aren’t like other veggies in our garden…such as green beans…that grow every two minutes….(they are also a lot of work too) but not so much as peas…and I have LOTS of recipes that I can put them into.

Green beans

Or lettuce….so easy lettuce…just bend down and pluck it out at dinnertime and badda boom….salad!

Lettuce patch

Or say corn! Wow now that is an easy one! Just pull that puppy off the stock come late August and you are ready for corn fest! Or corn FEAST whichever!


Same goes for peppers….all pretty just lookin up at ya….like they are saying …”if you’ll just wait a few more days I will get even bigger and darker and yummier…and if you wait even longer I may even turn RED for you”! Ahhh peppers. (Side note) you need to say this in a really high-pitched vegetably sounding voice.


NO I say NO to planting peas next year!

As my husband and I cleaned up the kitchen tonight he goes “what are we going to do with all these peas you picked” (there were two big buckets full) I said “we are going to EAT them”….he goes “we have to peel them first”  I go “NO we are eating them in the shells” he goes…”I know, we will give them to my sister…she LOVES PEAS!!! So Rhonda gets the whole two rows of peas that we plant in our GIGANTIC garden every year! Happy Birthday Rhonda! ….and it really is her birthday today!

We had green beans for dinner tonight!

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10 Responses to PEAS so much work for such small payoff

  1. Lisa Wilber says:

    What about the beets? It looks like you found some work to do to ward off yesterday’s boredom!

    • gerknoop says:

      Lisa, beets are ready NOW…however I am NOT….don’t have time to can right now I will have a house full of guests next week!! Well, I don’t know if ALL the beets are ready now….but I could definitely can now. YIKES!

  2. JoDee Luna says:

    I enjoyed this post because just today I was thinking, “Hmmmm maybe I’ll plant green beans next year. They can climb up one of the new trellises in my garden.” Peas didn’t come to mind but now I won’t even consider pea plantin and pickin.

  3. gerknoop says:

    JoDee, go ahead and plant peas….they are pretty…but keep your patch really small…then they are like eating candy off the vine (so sweet) and you will never need to try to bring them in the house to “cook” em and shuck um…..

  4. What a beautiful garden! I LOVE peas…and you can’t beat the taste of fresh peas from the garden. I hope you at least kept some of them to enjoy yourself. Yum!!! We’re enjoying some fresh beans tonight from our garden (peas have never done well for us), but now you’ve got me jealous for those peas!

    • gerknoop says:

      I tried to no avail to get your Mom and Dan to take a big LARGE bag of the peas on Sunday….Dan said yes first then your Mom said no…..lololol if you lived closer your could have all your heart desired! B

  5. ny.grammy.3 says:

    Wow, you have a nice looking garden. What size?
    We just ate our first green beans and tomatoes this week from “garden” I planted. It’s only one row that goes around the gazebo & porch that is in the front and side of our daughter’s house. No one has a garden in this area, so it is disguised as foundation plantings, ha ha. The neighbor said if John now starts rocking on the porch with a banjo, he’s moving! Anyway, I love growing snow peas because they are so good right off the vine & no work.

    How do you keep out the deer? We have a lot of them but so far no trouble.

  6. gerknoop says:

    Hi Dolores! 🙂 Our Garden is about 3000 sq ft. I think they “are” snow peas that we planted, but no one wants to pick all those peas, and then there are just so many that we end up giving most of them away. LOL There is a gigantic bag sitting in my fridge right now because I FORGOT to give them to Gary’s sister today! OH ME! B

  7. Peas are going to have to step up their game and become more efficient if they hope to survive in this economy.

  8. gerknoop says:

    GREATSBY!!!!! I’m honored! Welcome to my “mostly boring” blog!
    So glad you stopped by!
    Yes, peas are going to have to step it up or they are going to be standing in the unemployment line! I just found out last night that they are NOT the pod eating variety (my husband informs me) as he said “he” planted them! Which means we have to shuck/peel/open them all if we want to enjoy them! They are like a needy boyfriend! To much of an energy sucker …..I’m breaking up with peas!

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