Did you know you can grow fresh, delicious peas indoors all year round?
It’s true! I learned this quite accidentally (by forgetting about some seeds I had started) and ended up with a wonderful harvest.
For more on growing vegetables indoors, see Growing Salads Indoors.
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A Delicious Surprise
Many gardening guides list seeds that can be started indoors, while others are better off sown directly in the ground. Peas are one of those plants that flourish with direct outdoor sowing (and do not like being transplanted).
However, one year I decided to try starting peas indoors to see how they would perform. I proceeded to forget about them (but still watered all of the plants) and when I finally checked, they were filled with pea pods! I love pea shoots in my daily salads so this was a very happy discovery.
How To Grow Peas Indoors
- Sow the peas as directed on the seed package. Use organic growing medium suitable for vegetables.
- Keep the grow lights on at least 8-10 hours a day. Alternately you can grow them near a window receiving 8 hours of full sun per day. You can see my grow light setup here including details on exactly which bulbs I like to use.
- Water as needed.
- Provide trellis or supports as the vines grow. Truthfully, I leave mine and they still grow lots of peas.
- Harvest the pea shoots for salads and pick the pods regularly and the plants should last for several months.
- After about three months, start a fresh batch so you’ll have more ready when these ones are done.
While indoor peas are very good, there is nothing quite as sweet and delicious as peas grown directly outdoors in cooler spring or fall weather.
If you love houseplants, here are some of my favourite resources for information and ideas.
This guide will help you choose different varieties to try:
Let me know any food you like to grow indoors. There’s lots of possibilities.
Books for Getting Started
- Growing Salads Indoors: A beginner’s guide to producing healthy delicious greens in your home year-round. Exellent way to get started.
- Indoor Kitchen Gardening: Turn your home into a year-round vegetable garden. Great for anyone ready to grow a variety of veggies indoors.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛