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By Gaia01

Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom Gb

I want to grow peas but just to the pea shoot stage for eating as a salad leaf...i have some old drawers about 6" deep that I want to use as containers will these be deep enough to grow the peas to my required size?



sounds good to me, choose the sugar snap varieties for the best leaves.

26 Apr, 2010


Interesting I've never viewed pea leaves as a salad green... they'll need to be very young or will be tough.

26 Apr, 2010


Sounds like microcropping to me. It is quite usual to grow seeds of bean sprouts etc by putting them in a glass jar and rinsing well in cold water. Put a piece of cloth over the top so you can rinse and strain your seedlings twice a day. Eat them when they are young seedlings.I do not know where you are sourcing your peas from so do not know if they will have been treated by the producer with something which might not disappear in a short time and might be noxious for you. I have just been on they say to sprout peas using the method given above.

26 Apr, 2010


It seems to be a recent thing, first saw Nigel Slater doing it a couple of years ago and then Alys (on her 'Edible Garden' programme) just recently. Grow the peas in the normal way (but closer together) just harvest them within weeks of them germinating (at a few inches high) - Alys actually used dried peas which were several years old, but if you google it, sugarsnap varieties are said to have the best leaves. Have never tried them myself.

26 Apr, 2010


Thanks everyone...looking forward to some "interesting" salads this summer.

26 Apr, 2010

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