Pea Shoots

It’s still a little early to plant peas outside, but if you are short on time and space, you can have a fabulous early spring pea garden on your windowsill, ready to eat in just a couple or three week.  Pea shoots are the first few inches of new growth from the baby pea plant and they taste just like the sweetest peas you’ve ever eaten.  You can harvest them with scissors and you can cut from the plant two or three times before they quit producing–I like them uncooked in salads, or throw them in with other vegetables at the last minute of a stir fry.

If you’ve never planted peas before, don’t worry, it’s easy pea-sy….

Start by soaking the pea seeds overnight before planting; Fill a jar with warm water, let the peas soak for a couple of hours, drain the water, and then cover it with a plastic bag and let them stay moist until the next morning when you’re ready to plant.

soak pea seeds

You can grow them in anything, but if you have the choice, pick a pot wider than it is tall.  this year I decided to plant them in my salad garden box. I’m using our organic potting soil,  too.

organic potting soil

So far it has lettuce, cilantro, and kale growing in it.  If you want to grow your pea shoots on a windowsill, or kitchen counter, pick a pot that will fit your space. Peas are cold hardy, so if you have an enclosed porch that doesn’t freeze this time of year, you could grow them there.

peas planted in salad box

Oops, I accidentally deleted the picture of the peas planted in the container. They were planted close together. You can plant the pea seeds super close because you’re going to be cutting the top two inches for your salads or stir fry, and they don’t need the space they would if they were going to grow big and produce peas.  After planting, water them daily until they first poke through the ground, then water when the top inch of soil is dry. Try it today and you’ll have pea shoots to harvest before April!

 

 

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