Growing Pea Shoots

It’s still really cold outside, but my enthusiasm is high and I really want to get cracking with this years growing. For a quick win while i’m waiting, I’m going to grow Pea Shoots with guidance from Vertical Veg’s How to grow pea shoots blog post.

The container and marrow fat peas have been sourced. I’m still looking around for non-gardening dried broad beans and will try these at a later date.

Soak peas overnight
Soak peas overnight
Find a crate
Find a crate – sourced from a local supermarket
Fill crate with soil up to 2-3 inches from top
Fill crate with soil up to 2-3 inches from top
Crate with soil
Crate with soil
Place peas on soil
Place peas on soil
Peas on soil
Peas on soil
cover peas - leave an inch of space between the soil and top of crate
cover peas – leave an inch of space between the soil and top of crate
Crate placed in cold frame
Crate placed in cold frame – after a few days, I bought the crate in and the peas appeared in no time
Pea Shoots - day 15
Pea Shoots – day 15 – not quite ready yet

I’ll keep updating this post to cover the lifecycle of the pea shoots.

10th April 2013

So far we’ve harvested 2 batches of pea shoots from the box. As the box is not in direct sunlight, the shoots are long with small leaves, but they work well in stir-fries in the same way as beansprouts.

I’ve also planted another batch in self-watering recycled bottles and a couple of old plastic containers – both work very well as they are easy to move to direct sunlight.

Pea shoots grown indoors

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