Magazine September 10, 2018, Issue

Planning for Peas

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Bean harvest begins when the ground is covered in snow. Late winter is the season when late summer’s crop is planned. Gardening is a work-study course in history and causation.

We buy our seeds from two sources. (“We” at this stage means my wife; when it comes to planting and picking, I will do my share, but the distaff is the general staff.) Some seeds we order from catalogues, those hopeful February come-ons, bursting with photographs of bountiful harvests. We buy our other seeds at the big market store outside the old state capital 30 miles away, where packages are lined

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