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Post  chocolatepop on 6/24/2010, 12:03 pm

sugar snap peas
shelling peas
turnip

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Post  ander217 on 6/24/2010, 6:15 pm

I pick sugar snaps as soon as the peas grow to full-size inside the pods. Some people prefer to pick them a little before they swell to full size. It's a personal preference.

I pick shelling peas when the peas in the pods are full grown in the pod but still tender, before the pods begin to turn a lighter color and toughen.

Turnips can be picked anytime the roots are large enough to peel, but I usually try to pick them when they're at least three inches in diameter. It seems to me that the richer the soil and faster they grow, the larger they can get before getting "pithy".

When I was a kid my dad once grew 50 acres of turnips in Mississippi River bottom gumbo soil (a mid-summer flood killed the row-crops that year and he was determined to grow something before winter. Turnip seed was cheap back then, so he sowed an entire field to turnips and put up a sign that fall for free turnips to any who wanted them.) The turnips grew so fast and large in that ultra-rich soil that we picked turnips the size of salad plates that were still tender and good. We didn't have much money that winter, but we had all the turnips and greens we could eat.
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Post  Chopper on 6/24/2010, 10:40 pm

I think that is so funny b/c I have had so many failures that harvesting isn't even on the table! I had some of the same thoughts - now that it is actually growing, what do I do with it? LOL.

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