Sometimes gardening is all about surprises.
Several months ago I planted an entire half of a garden bed in field peas I bought from Farmer John at the 441 market. I thought they were plain old acre peas. They took a while to get started but once they did I had a serious jungle. I wanted to try for dry beans so I let them mature all the way until the pods were dry and starting to crackle, then I plucked them off and added them a few at a time to a bag in the fridge.
This evening, totally on a whim, I decided to shell my peas.
And surprise! They are black as turtle beans!
What looked to me like a massive jungle of pea plants produced exactly 1/2 cup of dry peas. And half of this I should set aside for growing in the spring. *wry laugh* Granted, I knew the yield was low, I didn’t fertilize enough, but this is a bit of reality on what yields are required for actual self-sufficiency.
Now I just have to figure out what to do with them!