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Beans and Peas in Bloom Together

Posted by okiedawn Z7 OK (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 18, 12 at 4:31

Both the bush snap beans and sugar snap peas are in bloom at the same time. I guess I can thank/blame the weather for this. As far as I can remember, this is the first year I've ever had the cool-season peas start blooming at the same time as the warm-season beans. Usually my beans are just starting to produce as the peas are finishing up.

The sugar snap peas, of course, were planted earliest, but then struggled to hang on in a really wet February-March that also featured some hot weather (hot in terms of what peas like) that made them stall and stop growing for a while.

The beans were planted a good 5 or 6 weeks earlier than usual and really haven't had any issues, other than something chewing on their leaves a little here and there. I am a little surprised they're already in bloom. That one 90-degree day we had here did seem to cause everything in the garden to start zooming up tall overnight, although it has been significantly cooler ever since.

Last week the sugar snap peas began blooming and setting peas. Considering when they were planted, I thought it was about time they should be blooming.

This week the three snap bean varieties that were planted earliest began blooming. It seems kinda soon for that, but I am not complaining. The other 4 varieties were planted about 3 weeks later, so won't bloom for a while yet.

So, looking at the two of them, it seems likely the pea plants will produce the first edible pod to be harvested, but they'll just barely beat the beans by a few days.

What an odd occurrence!

Other stuff we're harvesting and eating now are lettuce and other mesclun greens, beet greens, green onions, and spinach. Oh, and some herbs.

The early potatoes began blooming last week, so I think we'll be able to steal some new potatoes to cook with the first bush beans we harvest. Things don't get much better than that in April.

Now that the bush beans are producing, I'd better get busy planting pole beans. They go into a lower-lying area, so I've been waiting for that soil to dry up some and I think it is about as dry as it will get before the next round of rain showers makes it wetter again.

Veggie gardening is so much more fun when the harvest starts rolling in.

Dawn


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RE: Beans and Peas in Bloom Together

Dawn,
That is awesome! We ate about a dozen pods of snap peas from the first batch a week ago. first and second batch are in good blooms.

Our bush beans are still in their first or second true leaves, I hope it will take a while for them to bloom. Yes something has chewed our beans leaves as well, but I not see any new damage on fresh leaves.

I see some blooms in few potatoes as well. Do you remove blooms from potato plants?

Regarding warm days (upper 80s) next few days but peas prefer temp <75 degree, is it good idea to provide some shade to snap peas? or that is ok to leave it.

There was some infestation of the aphids on the peas, I washed them off with water spray. I never seen any pea aphids in the fast. I just wonder any of you noticed them on peas in the past or this year?

Couple of pics of sweet peas taken in the weekend;

-Chandra


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RE: Beans and Peas in Bloom Together

Great gardening from you guys.
My peas (and potatoes) are about 3' tall with NO blooms.
I expect better since I am now in Zone 7a (Tulsa), but I have to keep reminding myself that this is gardening in Oklahoma.
Ron


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RE: Beans and Peas in Bloom Together

Chandra, I have had pea plants remain perfectly happy as long as the temperatures aren't exceeding 85 degrees, so I've never tried shading them. Be careful if you shade them because the shade will reduce their productivity a little.

Your plants look awesome, by the way.

I never remove the flowers from the potatoes. They do no harm. I think they are beautiful, and if you leave them alone they'll set inedible green fruit that contains seeds. Some potato varieties grow from seeds. Google Tom Wagner and true potato seed to read about his work with potato seed.

Rod, Usually peas will be setting blooms by the time they are that tall. With potatoes, in my experience, some varieties bloom earlier than others and it is not something I really worry about.

If you are even the tiniest bit concerned that the heat will burn up your pea plants before they can set peas, you can force them into production by giving them a Bloom Booster fertilizer of the type meant to cause ornamental flowering plants to produce more flowers. Some years I use a Bloom Booster immediately prior to the arrival a cool front in mid- to late-summer in order to force the tomato plants to be in bloom when the cool front arrives and knocks temperatures back down into the right range for fruitset. Generally I don't like to manipulate plants, but sometimes you can get better production by doing so.

Sometimes the peas just aren't ready to produce flowers yet and still are in a strongly vegetative cycle. Sometimes they don't form blooms because they have received a little too much nitrogen. Sometimes I think they are just stubborn and pig-headed, and won't bloom as long as you are eagerly watching for blooms. So, try ignoring them and see if that helps. This means you don't water or feed them, and above all else don't talk to them. They will feel neglected and will start blooming in order to get your attention. : )

The only consistent thing about gardening in Oklahoma is the inconsistency of the weather and the inconsistency of the plants' performance. I try to imagine what it would be like to garden someplace where things work as expected just like clockwork. Wouldn't that be awesome?

Dawn


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