|How to grow pea shoots indoors.|
Pea shoots are baby pea plants. You can grow them indoors in small containers, harvest them a few times, then transplant outdoors where they can grow into full-sized, pea-pod producing plants.
Why grow pea shoots inside? They are a fast, easy-to-grow, edible green with fabulous flavor. And, because we want you to start growing some of your own food. Pea shoots are an excellent way to get started. We started with Green Pea Sprouting seeds from SeedsNow.
Start now, and your first harvest will be ready in about 2 weeks.
Here's the how to.
1. We started with a pie plate, measured out enough seed to cover the surface of the plate.
2. Put the seeds in a jar, cover them with water and soak them for about 12 hours.
3. Drain and rinse the peas. You'll notice some are already starting to sprout.
4. Fill the pie plate with about 1 inch of moistened, organic seed starter medium.
5. Spread the soaked seed over the top of the growing medium.
6. Cover the pie plate with a plastic lid, or slip into a plastic bag to help keep them moist.
7. Spritz the top of the garden with water as needed. Use just enough to keep it moist but not wet.
8. Once the sprouts are starting to root in and produce green stems, remove the cover and place in a sunny window.
9. Mist the garden daily with water and watch those shoots grow. Once the shoots have grown thick and taller, you may need to pour water in the bottom of the tray to keep them moist.
10. Harvest the pea shoots when they are about 6 inches tall. Cut them with clean scissors to about 2 inches tall, leaving leaf nodes on the stem so they will continue to grow.
Enjoy raw pea shoots in salads and on sandwiches. They are delicious sauteed with garlic and olive oil.