Here’s another example of the benefits of second chances (see January 26, 2013).

A week ago (see June 20, 2013), we gave the Sugar Snap peas a reprieve from being ripped out.  Each of the vines had produced one or two new blossoms so we decided to wait and see whether they would actually produce another crop.

Well, seven days later, we not only have peas to harvest (including a few we missed from the first crop) but the vines are still blossoming.  Even as the original vines are fading from green to brown, they are producing new branches with bright green leaves and brilliant white flowers.  They are not getting much taller (with the exception of one vine which seems determined to climb up to the Giant’s castle) but they are getting fuller.

Further, most of the vines are sending out new branches from their roots.  At first it looked as if previously dormant seeds had germinated but on closer inspection, I found that the new growth is, in fact, originating from the existing vines just above soil level.  We did not observe this with last year’s crop (admittedly, a different variety altogether) which withered away once the peas were done.