'Daniel O'Rourke' pea in June
Saturday, August 1, 2009
We finished harvesting the peas today. There was a heavier crop than usual but the heavy rain caused a lot of damage to some varieties. the pods fell apart and a lot of peas were lost. The varieties that held o to their pods best were the heritage varieties 'Irish Green Pea' and 'Daniel O'Rourke'. The pods on these varieties are small and light and the plants stood up better than varieties with large pods and peas. It has been the wettest July on record at many weather stations in Ireland this year, with over 10" at Valentia Island in Kerry.