What you need:
- pea seeds (pick your kind: English, Sweet, Snow….)
- at least a 14 inch pot (the bigger the better) with drain holes
- Vegetable soil (it will say vegetables on the bag)
- rocks or coffee filter
- something for the peas to climb on (a trellis, tomato wire, sticks, hangers you bend and shape into pretty forms)
- a sunny spot outside
In zone 5, peas should be planted on or around March 17. This is a plant that does not do well with the high heat of summer, but if you start on St. Patrick’s Day, you should have time to grow at least two rounds of peas.
The night before you plant your peas:
Place your pea seeds in a bowl of water to help them germinate. Let them soak over night.
1. Place your container outside in a sunny spot where you want it to be.
2. Place your rocks or coffee filter in the bottom of the pot.
3. Add the vegetable soil.
4. Add your choice of fertilizer and mix it up with the dirt. (I have used blood-root, but Epsom salt seems like a good choice, too.)
5. Place your pea seeds generously all over the pot. Cover with about another inch of soil.
6. Add your trellis.
Now just leave it alone! Really, just keep an eye on it–if the soil becomes dry, water it. If the temperatures are predicted to fall below 20 degrees, cover it. Remember to uncover the pot when the temperature rises! As the plant begins to grow, you may need to help it curl onto your climbing support. Really, peas are super easy to grow.
Harvest your peas! Replant! Enjoy fresh peas on their own, mixed with butter, in salads, soups, and pasta meals. Yum!