How To Grow Peas From Seeds

Growing Peas Is Easy

If you have never grown a crop from seeds before, growing peas from seeds is a great place to start. Because they can be planted directly into the soil, grow fast and require little maintenance, peas are a fantastic plant for beginning gardeners. Growing your own peas will also give you the extraordinary experience of tasting them when they are freshly picked. Because peas are sweetest right after they are picked and then quickly lose flavor, you have never tasted a pea as good as the one you grew yourself.

When To Start Your Seeds

The best timing for growing peas from seeds is to plant them in late winter and harvest them in spring. Because climates differ depending on where you live, just remember to sow your seeds about one month prior to your area’s frost-free date. If you live in a temperate climate, you can go by the old tradition of starting peas on St. Patrick’s Day. You’re not out of luck if you got a late start planting your peas this year. With a little shade to protect them from the sun, you can still look forward to a nice summer harvest.

Planting Your Seeds

As long as it’s not hard clay, growing peas from seeds can be done in any type of soil. If your soil is already damp, there is no need to prepare your seeds before sowing them directly into your garden bed. For dry soils, simply place seeds in a damp paper towel until sprouted. In your prepared garden bed, plant pea seeds about two inches down and space them two inches apart. Sprinkle a nice organic fertilizer or prepared compost over your freshly planted seeds.

Provide A Climbing Structure

Because peas are a climbing plant, it’s absolutely vital that you provide a structure for them to climb. There are many attractive structures you can build in your garden for growing peas from seeds. You can create a lattice wall, drape netting over stakes or let your peas grow up a fence. Whatever option you choose for your garden, remember that the more objects your peas have to curl their tendrils around, the faster and stronger they will grow.

Maintaining Your Pea Plants

Growing peas from seeds involves very little maintenance besides watering and training them to grow up the structure. Depending on your particular area, daily watering may not be necessary. Water your pea plants until the soil is wet but do not continue until the bed becomes waterlogged. As your pea plants first begin to grow, you will have to move their tendrils in order to help them grow up the structure. Once your plants have grown to about one foot, you won’t have to worry so much about training them.

Harvesting Your Peas

When you notice your first pods ripen, pick them right away. Keeping your pea plants well picked will encourage more growth. As you harvest your peas, make sure you are holding the vine with one hand as you pick with the other. This will prevent you from accidentally picking more of the plant than you meant to. Because peas taste best right after they are picked, plan a meal ahead of time when you see a lot of pods forming. Peas grow amazingly fast, so keep your pea sheller ready and look forward to many delicious meals.

Say Hello To Mr Pea Sheller

If you are a small gardener with a productive crop of peas, the Mr Pea Sheller will make a fantastic addition to your kitchen gadgets. With its easy-to-use design, this pea sheller will save you hours of labor shelling peas. Using the built-in clamp, simply attach this device to a table to have it ready for each new batch of peas your garden produces. Available at an incredibly affordable price, a Mr Pea Sheller should be in every home gardener’s kitchen.

The unit itself is very safe to use and can be easily operated by one person. After securing it to a sturdy table, feed one pea at a time through the nylon mesh rollers. Turn the crank and the fresh peas will be separated from their pods and collected in a pan. If turning the hand crank is too burdensome, you also have the option of attaching a standard electric hand mixer to turn the device. With the electric mixer in place, just steady the pea sheller with one hand and feed peas with the other.

Harvesting your fresh peas is fun and easy with the addition of a quality pea sheller. When you discover how easy your MR Pea Sheller is to use in your kitchen, it will become as indispensable as your blender. Order yours today and say goodbye to hand shelling forever.

Pea Seeds Are Fast And Easy To Grow

If you want to start a home garden, pea seeds are some of the fastest and easiest seeds to grow. Pea seeds can be planted directly into your outdoor soil, without the need to first germinate indoors. They will usually pop out of the ground after about 10 days and will be happy so long as temperatures remain on the cool side. This makes peas a wonderful crop for early spring or early fall, depending on your particular state. Remember to have some sticks or netting in place so your pea plants will have something to wind their way up as they grow. Planting next to a fence is also a great idea, because believe me, they’ll shoot up fast. Check out this video from urban horticulturist Mr. Green Thumb for some more tips on planting pea seeds.

Peas Farming In North Dakota

With 394,667 acres devoted to peas farming, North Dakota leads the nation in the production of field peas, or “dried peas”. More than half of the field peas grown in the United States are grown in North Dakota, with the remainder of peas farming concentrated in Montana, Washington, Idaho and California.

The cool temperatures in North Dakota are just fine for the field pea. In fact, the country that produces the most field peas in the world is Russia. Field peas are sold as dried peas for humans as well as feed for livestock. Due to their high protein content and easily digestible nutrients, dried peas are a healthy staple in the diet of both humans and animals.

Watching a pea harvest in North Dakota is a lot different than the harvest of your fresh garden peas. Instead of picking each pea one by one when they are fresh, a giant tractor harvests them after they have dried.

Rosemary and Bacon Split Pea Soup

I’ve found that this pea soup recipe will keep the whole family full and happy. It makes about six servings and has all of the hearty ingredients to fill their bellies and help them relax after a hard day’s work. Bacon and peas go together like a horse and carriage and rosemary adds that subtle but distinctive flavor. By the way, rosemary is a really healthy ingredient that is easy to grow. In fact, it’s usually growing wild just about everywhere, so if you can’t find any on your property, give your neighbors a holler. Get your best deep cast iron skillet on the fryer with your favorite cooking oil and get ready for some mouthwatering home-cooked goodness.

Rosemary and Bacon Pea SoupIngredients:

1. Six slices of bacon.

2. One small onion, chopped up.

3. One large carrot, chopped up.

4. One leek, sliced nice and thin.

5. Two large garlic cloves, chopped up.

6. Four cans of your favorite store-bought chicken broth or the equivalent of your homemade kind.

7. One and one-half cups of your homegrown, prize-winning peas.

8. A few dried bay leaves.

9. A handful of freshly picked rosemary.


1. Fry your bacon in the deep skillet until its nice and crispy just the way you like it. I always find that the further apart you lay the pieces, the faster and better they will fry up.

2. Reducing the heat a little and keeping that delicious bacon in the skillet, add your onion, leek, carrot and garlic. Cook these ingredients until they get nice and soft. Remember that the smaller you chop these ingredients before you start, the faster they will cook.

3. Pour in your chicken broth. I find that the most flavorful chicken broth is the homemade variety, but store-bought will work just fine as well.

4. Stir in your homegrown, prize-winning peas, a few bay leaves and the fresh rosemary you swiped from down the road.

5. Bring your soup to a rolling boil for a couple of minutes to really bring out the flavors from the fresh herbs.

6. Reduce your heat to low and let that simmer for a good long while, until your peas are nice and soft. I usually let mine sit there for a complete hour while I clean up my kitchen and set the table.

If your family’s mouths aren’t watering when they smell this delicious soup cooking on the stove, then you should probably have their taste buds checked. For large families or really healthy eaters, you can easily double this recipe to keep everyone satisfied. And like all good soup recipes, if you find you have something extra growing in the garden you really want to add to it, use your best judgement and go right ahead.

Delicious Recipes: Pea and Ham Soup

When thinking of my favorite recipes, pea and ham soup immediately comes to mind. The delicious soup can be the perfect light lunch, or can make for a fantastic side dish of first course at dinnertime.

Peas are an exceptionally healthy addition to meal, adding protein and fiber to the meal.

Chef Keith Snow has created a video demonstration of how to properly prepare a pea and ham soup recipe from start to finish. He starts by cutting up a carrot and white onion, cutting them up and then sweating them out a bit in olive oil, adding a bit of salt and pepper.

He used some leftover ham from an Easter meal, adding the ham and the peas to the onion carrot mixture and then topping it off with some organic chicken broth. After adding the broth, he adds dried oregano into the mix, and then fills a tea bag with fresh thyme, adding that to the soup (he’ll remove it later on).

In the ham and pea soup recipe, Snow suggests bringing the soup to a boil, and then bringing it to a media heat and allowing it to cook for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, the soup should be ready to enjoy!

Peas Benefits: What This Tiny Vegetable Can Do For Your Body

Peas are not only a delicious vegetable; they’re also a nutritious one. Grown around the world, peas can be an excellent addition to any meal as a side dish, or a wonderful snack to enjoy.

There are a number of different varieties of peas out there ranging from sweet peas to snow peas, all peas share some of the same nutritional benefits, making them a healthy choice as well as a delicious one.

Let’s take a look at some of peas benefits.

Peas Benefits: Low in Calories
In comparison to other beans, peas are relatively low in calories. The beans are a good source of protein and soluble and insoluble fiber, while keeping the calorie count low. 100g of peas have only 81 calories, making them the perfect light addition to most any meal.

Peas Benefits: Vitamins
Peas have a number of benefits on the vitamin front. A 100g serving of peas includes 21% of your average daily requirement for vitamin K. Vitamin K is known to help bone mass building and helps promote osteo-tropic activity in bones. The vitamin is also known to be exceptionally helpful with Alzheimer’s patients, and reportedly limits the neuronal damage that happens in brain with people who have the disease.

Chances are you’re used to getting your vitamin C from fruits like oranges. A single serving of peas, however, also includes 67% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C/ascorbic acid. The vitamin has a number of benefits, but most commonly is used to help build up the body’s ability to fight infectious diseases.

25.5% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin A is found in a single serving of peas. Vitamin A plays a role in maintaining the health of your mucus membranes such as your skin and eyes. The vitamin is also thought to help prevent some types of cancer, specifically caner that occurs in oral cavities and lungs.

Peas Benefits: Good For Expectant Mothers
Peas are a great source of folic acid. Often taken by expectant mothers as a supplement, folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects in pregnancies and keep unborn babies safe.

While the folic acid is definitely a benefit, the other vitamin content as well as the protein benefits make peas a great food for expectant mothers to enjoy, allowing them and their baby to get a number of benefits in a single meal without having to consume a ton of calories in the process.

Whether you’re enjoying peas as a side dish or snack, or including them in a larger dish such as a chicken pot pie or salad, peas have a number of fabulous health benefits.

If you’re not already eating peas regularly in your diet, the vegetable is well worth a look for inclusion into your next meal!

The Fascinating Growth of Pea Plants

Lucky for me, pea plants are some of the easiest and fastest growing seeds in the world. Whenever I plant my garden, peas are the first plant I see pop out of the ground and remain my most reliable crop throughout the season. As long as you can keep your pea plants well picked, you should expect new pods to keep popping up faster than you can say, “Get your pea sheller ready.”

Children love to plant peas because they don’t have to wait a long time before seeing them stick their heads out of the soil and get bigger and bigger in front of their eyes. You can enjoy some of the majesty of pea growing in this short, time-lapse video I found on Youtube about pea plant development.

The particular pea plant in this video displays a mutant gene that creates two leaves on each node.

Simple Pea and Lettuce Salad Recipe

This pea and lettuce salad recipe makes an excellent summer side dish for up to 4 people. Simple to prepare, creating the dish from start to finish can be done in less than 10 minutes.

To make the dish you’ll just need two pounds of fresh peas, four heads of baby bibb lettuce, and a little bit of butter and salt and pepper. A simple pea and lettuce salad recipe, this one is easy enough for beginners, but tastes like it was made by a pro.

1.To start, place two pounds of fresh, shelled peas in 3 cups of boiling salt water. Once you’ve added the peas, reduce the heat to medium, and allow them to cook for about five minutes, or until tender.

2. While your peas are cooking, remove the outer leaves of the lettuce to get to the tender middle ones. These are the leaves you’ll use for the salad. Pull out the center core of the head of lettuce so you have “cups” of lettuce made from the center portion of leaves.

3.Place the cups on plates.

4. Drain your cooked peas, and run a bit of cold water over them to ensure they don’t continue cooking.

5. Add butter, salt and pepper to taste.

6. Spoon the peas into your lettuce cups, and serve!

Delicious Green Pea Salad Recipe

We found a healthy green pea salad recipe from a gal named Betty that we thought was great. Begin by steaming your peas, always making sure you don’t overheat them so they stay a nice bright green. Add diced pickled beets, chunks of yellow squash and chunks of cucumber for the base of your salad. Then you want to cut some green onions and flat leaf Italian parsley with scissors to get nice minced slices. When you have all of your ingredients mixed together, you are ready to make Betty’s delicious pea salad dressing. Betty makes a dressing for her salad with a half-cup of white wine vinegar mixed with a quarter cup of sugar or artificial sweetener. After letting your salad sit for four hours to really enhance the flavor, you are ready to add the dressing. For thorough directions on making Betty’s salad, check out her video that we posted below for your convenience.

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