One of the (perhaps not terribly) surprising things that happens to new gardeners is learning how long it actually takes to accomplish something. What appears straightforward (harvesting and then shelling fresh peas) is actually a sneaky time-thief that makes a person sigh with exasperation. A half HOUR to shell two cups of peas?
It sure makes you think about the industrialization of our food system. Frozen peas, either in baby form or those starchy large ones, are a bit of a modern miracle. Who are all those people bent over those pea vines? How DO they do that, if not by hand? And how in the world do they shell them all? If you think about the true labor involved if you were to pick and shell them by hand, no child’s plate would ever have uneaten peas.
But yes, that’s my back bent over the pea patches. I grow the main 3 types: shell, snow and sugar. I would say shell were my favorite…by far, even if they take forever.
Lots of things take forever. That greenhouse in the foreground of the top photo is a perfect example. I often find my happiest days generally have me either eight feet up a ladder or on my knees in the dirt somewhere…and it’s a bonus day if I end the day having done both. But even those days get tiring. I was on the ladder one 90-degree day recently with the hammer drill setting the wire-lock channel to yet another greenhouse bow and it occurred to me: is there an app for this?
An app for pea-picking might also be in order.