Our peas are growing well enough that I felt that it would be safe to harvest some young pea shoots this weekend. This would have been totally unthinkable last year, when what few pea seedlings I had constantly struggled against the hot weather (in both spring and fall!), cutworms and bunny attacks.
Since this was my first time harvesting pea shoots, I wanted to be careful, just in case it somehow negatively affected the future growth of these plants. I am, after all, growing them more for peas and not for shoots. For this trial run, I snipped off the top 3-4 inches of just a few plants. I'll go back and inspect the cut plants next week and see if they are still continuing to grow and branching off from leaf nodes below the cut tip, like they are supposed to.
I also snipped off some overwintered basil to make pizza and breadsticks (garlic basil). Basil grew fast and furious in our garden last year to a point where I got tired of harvesting and processing it. But having (far) less of it this winter has made me appreciate it more in the kitchen.
I forgot to take pictures of the finished products, but here is one picture of my first attempt at garlic basil breadsticks just before they were popped in the oven. They turned out pretty tasty, although I think I will try upping the amount of both garlic and basil next time.
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