GROWING SUGAR SNAP PEAS INDOORS FOR THE GREENS
I had a couple of packages of Sugar Snap Pea seeds leftover from 2010-2012. I didn’t like how they performed last year and I didn’t want to throw them out. Being the frugal BACKYARD GARDENER that I am, I decided to grow them for the greens and add them to my salads. I soaked the seeds in a bowl of water for 8 hours. I prepared the container that they would be growing in by mixing 4 parts organic potting mix, 2 parts worm castings and a ¼ part Azomite Rock Dust. I planted the peas the depth recommended on the seed package. I gently watered them in. I placed the container in a clear plastic bag and put it in my south facing windows. Now I have a mini greenhouse. I vented the bag if the sun was out too long (I didn’t want to bake the seeds). I just wanted to keep the soil moist & warm, not hot. The seeds started emerging in 4 days, some slower than others. I then removed the plastic bag. Peas don’t like growing in heat. Within 17 days I had greens to add to my salads. I could have started harvesting earlier while they were shorter, BUT I wanted more to eat. When I harvested the pea plants, I cut them a little below the soil. No part of the clipped plant poking through the soil. I want the root of the pea to break down and hopefully add nitrogen to the soil. Now I will be planting my lettuce ‘starts’ in this pot and lettuce loves nitrogen. I will be writing about how the lettuce grows in this container. I will let you know if it was a success or failure. No matter what, it is a learning experience.