I did a stupid thing with my snap peas yesterday. I froze them, then vacuum bagged them, then wondered why they looked so different from the previous frozen ones....I had forgotten to blanch them! One had fallen off the tray onto the counter, so I picked it up and took a bite. It was terrible. Rubbery and bitter. Not only did I ruin 10 ounces of sugar snap peas, I wasted one of those expensive vacuum bags.
I'm not exactly happy with this year's sugar snap peas, Oregon Sugar Pod II (OSP). Last year I grew Sugar Lace (SL) and loved them. OSP must have the strings removed, SL are stringless. OSP has a lot of lush foliage which makes the vines heavy so they tend to tear away from their trellis when they're wet or wind blown, SL are nearly leafless and light weight, with lots of tendrils that hang on to their support. On SL, the pods are so easy to find and pick, OSP pods are hidden under all the foliage. OSP blossomed once and gave me 2-3 pickings, then no more blossoms showed up. SL continued blossoming and forming pods until the weather got too hot. The seed catalog states "stringless, but self supporting. Its crisp, sweet pods yield abundantly. Sugar Lace is semi-leafless with interlocking tendrils that prevent the need for staking or trellising. It is also enation resistant for growth during warmer weather. The pods form at the end of its branches for easy picking. This is one you'll want to grow every year. Approximately 68 days to maturity." I found that to be true. So why didn't I plant SL this year? Well, I wasn't going to plant peas at all. I happened to be near the seed rack at the grocery store, noticed the OSP II packets and thought "Why not?", so I bought them on a whim. My bad.
******Remember my "project" from a couple of weeks ago? When I said one little project always leads to another, and before you know it, it turns into a big job? Well, my big job will start tomorrow. I've been trying to get the patio trim painted, but I guess all that climbing up and down from the ladder last week caused some low back pain that has kind of rendered me useless. Lots of ibuprofin keeps me moving, but very slowly. I think I can get it finished today though. Tomorrow son John is bringing a power washer over, and will be blasting some peeling paint from the eaves of the house. This house has open rafters on two sides, which get really weathered and won't hold paint well.