The peas did not last long this year. Partly, the summer heat after a cool, wet spring was too much for them. It went too hot, too quickly. They couldn't withstand the dramatic weather changes. How wonderful that we were able to get some peas from them.
By we, I mean my four year old. Ahem - he devoured all but one or two pods. They were fantastic, and I don't blame him. I am delighted that a small child could be so enthusiastic over vegetables. Nonetheless, he essentially destroyed them by harvesting the pods with vigor. Next year, he will be even more a help in planting, weeding and harvesting. Perhaps by then, he'll learn to be gentle enough to allow the plants to survive his efforts.