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Snow Peas and Wild Onion

Glen picking wild garlic-onion

Glen picking wild garlic-onion

Yesterday I picked a small bowlful of snow pea pods. In Wisconsin, I’d just be thinking about planting peas and worrying about it being a week or so early. Fortunately, the local newspaper has a weekly article by the agricultural extension agent and I’m kept up to date on when and what to plant. It would be nice if the weather would cooperate as it seems if I’m off work, it is either pouring rain or the ground still feels like walking on a soaked sponge.


It was the second mowing of the year; I’ve mowed through water before—it’s exciting to see the water spraying out from the mower blades and easy to tell where you’ve been by the mud tracks but I don’t think it’s a good thing for the mower. The oil had just been changed on the tractor and I started out with good intentions but then had huge billows of smoke pouring out—overfill! Once that was corrected; husband took more than a few laps to be sure it was running, I finished up the back and he harvested some wild onions.


wild onion

wild onion

Wild onions or garlic have a beautiful airy flower as you can see in the photo. I’m trying to think of a way to use that photo. In a moment of weakness I signed up for an exchange of a flower quiltlet. I think this might be a good starting place for that project. Interestingly, wild onions can be quite toxic to livestock causing jaundice and bleeding problems. Mowing through a large patch of them can be quite a tearful experience.

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