Pea and Carrot Families

Peas—Photo credit: MG Gia Parsons Carrot—photo credit MG Jessica Klein-DiStefano Beans—Photo credit: MG Gia Parsons 

Photo credits: MG Gia Parsons (peas & beans); MG Jessica Klein-DiStefano (carrot)

Mar. 13, 2019 — Pea & Carrot Families

In addition to providing nourishing and delicious food for us to eat, legumes fix nitrogen and serve a valuable role in crop rotation. Leguminosae includes peas, green beans, dry beans, and fava beans.

Apiaceae (formerly Umbelliferae) includes carrots, parsnips, celery, and fennel. Beyond their use as food plants, Apiaceae crops attract pollinators because their umbels provide a broad carpet of tiny flowers on which bees and flies can walk.

Topics include variety selection, cultural requirements, fertilizer needs, major diseases and pests, as well as pest management techniques. Below are resources to enhance your learning.

  • Growing Peas in Home Gardens — WSU Extension Publication FS116E, a free 4-page download PDF, recommends pea types and cultivars, gives planting and maintenance advice, and offers strategies for pest management.
  • Growing Green Beans in Home Gardens — WSU Extension Publication FS088E, a free 3-page download PDF, gives guidelines on selecting types of green beans to plant, planting and maintenance advice, and strategies for pest management.
  • Growing Dry Beans in HomeWSU Extension Publication FS135E, a free 6-page download PDF, gives guidelines on selecting types of dry beans to plant, planting, watering, controlling weeds, harvesting, and managing pests.
  • Growing Carrots in Home Gardens— WSU Extension Publication FS118E, a free 4-page download PDF, gives guidelines on selecting types of carrots to plant, planting, watering, harvesting, and managing pests.
  • Parsley  — OSU Department of Horticulture online publication covers seeding and spacing, soil, fertilizer, irrigation requirements, harvesting, and storage.
  • Celery — OSU Department of Horticulture online publication covers seeding and spacing, soil, fertilizer, irrigation requirements, growth regulators, harvesting, and storage.
  • How to Grow Parsnips —  Michigan State University Extension online publication covers preparation, planting, pests, harvesting and storage.

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