Growing Brussel Sprouts and Sugar Snap Peas Progress

Moving on your own gives you the kind of freedom that I’ve been craving. The title of this post is brussel sprouts and sugar snap peas because I am now growing them.  😉

I was inspired by a co-worker who brought it some of her home grown vegetables to share with us at work.  She brought in carrots, bell peppers, peppers, tomatoes, corn and more.  I thought it was so awesome that she had been growing all of these things from the comfort of her own backyard, that I decided to see what I could grow at my apartment.  So, I started sugar snap peas and brussel sprouts from seeds in a small area in my front patio.  Here is a photo of them from 9/25/11:

These were the first to sprout, but the sugar snap peas were the ones that grew like growing was going out of style.  I couldn’t believe how fast they grew and can’t wait to see some serious results.  I’ve realized that the brussel sprouts actually become tall and probably take up a lot of space.  Of course, I had no idea of this before planting all of those seeds, so I’ll probably have to thin them out a great deal.  The sugar snap peas should have had a trellis to hold onto, but I didn’t know that so I had just been letting them grow…Anyway, see my sugar snap peas at the beginning:

Awesome, right?  Well, here is another photo of the sugar snaps on 10/1/11.  They were so cute at this time:

jToday, they are much more abundant, but because I haven’t had the chance to relieve my memory card yet, I’ll probably post about them next week.  A co-worker went a hunting for some sticks for me to use for the sugar snaps.  They have these interesting tentacles that cling on to any and everything around them.  It’s very cute, but since my plants have grown a lot, them have been clinging on to each other big time.  At first, I wanted let them do what they want…afterall, it’s natural for them do this, right?  Anyhow, I was advised not to let them grow out all of the ground.  I heard that they produce more pea pods if they continue to grow upward.  So, I did utilize the sticks and tried my best to direct the plants to wrap around it.  I’ll post the results sometime within the week.

I’m also growing some baby carrots in a container.  The photos for those are also on my memory card, so I’ll try to post those within the week also.  I have to say that it feels so awesome to be growing food.  I mean, if they don’t die or spoil, I’ll be able to reap the benefits on my dinner table.  We will see how well these plants do in this interestingly unpredictable climate we have going on in California right now, hopefully well enough to give me some food.

Peace,

Nicolette

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