Growing Your Own Peas
Peas seeds are a product easily available to gardeners, as they provide the nitrogen-yielding plant with much-needed vitamins and minerals. You'll need to buy fresh Peas seeds, however; as they don't store well. They're best stored in a cool dark place, away from direct sunlight and artificial light. They can also be stored in your freezer. However, for freshness keep them in a sealed jar with a tight lid.
Saving Peas Seeds is quite easy and many people have successfully saved their Peas seeds. Simply break open the seed and remove the green coating inside. You can use a coffee grinder to grind the seeds until they're a powder, which is easily mixes with water (use bottled water to avoid spoiling). Then save the seeds. Alternatively you can crush the pea seeds in a blender to create a fine dust. Transfer the powder into a jar and store in the freezer until ready to use.
When growing peas, it's important that you take care not to destroy or damage the seed coat. This is because the green coat of the seed protects the inside of the seed from becoming damaged while the plant grows, protecting the quality of the end product. Although peas are a perennial plant, you should prune them back frequently, about every four years, for two reasons.
Firstly, pruning back Peas will give you greater control over when you harvest your plants. The main problem with harvest pea seeds, especially in winter, is that they freeze very quickly, losing some of their valuable protein inside the pod. To protect the quality of your peas, store them in an airtight jar or Tupperware container. When you prepare to harvest peas, remove the pods carefully from their boxes and place them on trays or wire racks in a cold area. Leave them alone for a couple of weeks before harvesting.
Secondly, peas usually flower later than other garden plants. For this reason it is helpful to divide your plants into two or three sections. One section can be harvested immediately, whilst the other(s) can be divided further still, allowing the flowers to bloom later. This means you don't have to keep opening your jar of seeds approximately every week to remove seeds from each section. The flowering plants can then be divided again, into groups of three rows approximately two feet apart.
Finally, it is also worth knowing how to sow peas without burning them. Most seed sellers suggest you sow peas in a sunny location, such as in the garden itself. However, if you live in a greenhouse or grow in areas with intense levels of sunlight, peas will do well in some indirect sunlight. You could, for example, plant peas alongside your home crops, in rows which have access to some mild shade.
Before sowing your seedlings, remove any weeds and grasses around your flower beds. After the sowing process, it is best to water your plants thoroughly to help them begin to flower. If you are not sure how to harvest peas, you could ask for advice from a local seed dealer. Once the plants begin to flower, you should be able to harvest them. Simply pick the seeds from the plant and place them into small jars or storage jars. If you want to store the seeds for future planting, you could simply break the seeds up and add them to your compost pile.
Peas, like all seed plants, do not go dormant until the winter months. Therefore, it is imperative that you take care of your plants to ensure they flower and produce healthy, productive seeds for the next season. For those who are interested in starting their own vegetable garden, peas are a great addition to your plants. If you enjoy gardening, you may want to try using pea seeds to grow your own peas.