Today was Harvest Day at my garden. My cowpeas are about to become dried black-eyed peas.
I had read that leaving the pods on the plant was a great way to dry the peas but with each passing day I saw more and more of them getting eaten by bugs. I knew if I left them on the stem much longer they’d either be ruined by the bugs or devoured by deer. So I cut them all off today.
After shelling each pod I have placed them on a towel on a counter so that they can air dry. How long it takes to air dry will depend on the humidity in my house. I’ll just have to wait and see.
I really grew these for my oldest son, Austin, who loves black-eyed peas with various favorite dinners. I have enough of them to fill a standard 15 oz can…good for one meal.
Some of the pea plants were turning yellow. This may be caused by specific bugs in the soil. I plucked most of those plants out and found knots on the root so I know they’ve been affected. The few plants I left (which are still healthy and green) are still flowering so I’ll hopefully have more peas shortly.