In January of this year my Dad & I were visiting one of his long time neighborhood friends in Miami. While we were there, my Dad's friend says, "would you like to see my vegetable garden?" Dare I say, the description "vegetable garden" was highly under stated. Their entire backyard is the vegetable garden! I apologized for being rude as my jaw dropped and my hands dangled at my sides; he & his wife just giggled at me. WOW, very impressive!!! As he was showing me around, he snapped off a few sugar snap peas from the vine for me to try. I was truly stunned as to how sweet and delicious they were. My brain & stomach simultaneously said "We must have those in our vegetable garden!"
I found some Burpee seeds at the local store & planted those in the beginning of May. The package had no label as when to plant here in South Florida although I read it is a good summer plant. With my hopes high and my stomach excited, I eagerly waited for the little plants to pop their heads from the ground. To my surprise almost all of the seeds sprouted; "Yes!" The bigger they grew some of them started to die; "What!?! No!" Well that's normal I thought, the stronger plants survive; "There are still plenty left for harvest, right?" Now there are only a handful of plants left; "Argh, what to do!?!" I mulched them and make sure they have water everyday and if all goes well we will have some delicious sugar snap peas to munch on.
I have come to the conclusion that the plants are getting too dry and too much full sun and/or I need to plant them earlier in the season like my Dad's friend did. So the moral of this story.....experience, guidance, wisdom & knowledge from our elders is priceless! For it to be passed to another generation, we must take the time to stop and listen. :)