Flavoursome and a snap to get sprouting.
- Young pea shoots are tasty and make a great side salad
- Cut the shoots off when they’re young and they’ll keep coming back for more
- Alternatively, leave the shoots to grow into full plants and pluck the fresh peas straight from the pods.
Complete growing directions
- Pea seeds are popular with mice, voles and a host of birds, so it’s best to get them started indoors.
- Half fill a seed tray with compost.
- Sow about 50 seeds evenly across the surface, fill the tray to the top with compost, water carefully and place on a windowsill.
- As soon as the seedlings emerge you can plant them out in the garden. To do this make a shallow trench in the soil about 2 inches deep and 6 inches wide and carefully place the sprouted seeds roughly an inch apart along the trench.
- Carefully place soil over the top and gently press it down. Water the seedlings.
- When the plants are about 5 inches tall cut off the shoots to leave about an inch of stem. These will reshoot so you can enjoy them again and again.
Alternative method: you can leave the shoots to grow into full-sized plants and harvest plump pods of peas. To do this you will need to use canes and netting. Learn more at Garden Organic.
- The easiest way to tell if something needs watering is with your finger: poke it into the soil to test.
- If the soil is damp just under the surface, don't water. If it is dry up to the first crease of your finger then you need to water.
- Seeds and seedlings need care when watering – use a fine-head watering can so you don't over-water them.
- It is better to water well infrequently than to sprinkle a little every day.
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All about Pea Shoots
- Plant: Late March–July
- Harvest: June–October
- Container: The ground
- Location: Garden
- What to sow: Seed