Peas are a great variety of seed to start your growing experience with. Peas are larger and more durable seeds, making them an ideal stater microgreen.
Pea microgreens (or pea shoots) are so good for you that we decided to feature them again this week. Since we learned why they are so good for us last week, this week we are going to tell you how you can grow them for yourself.
We are working on creating our official Grow at Home Kits. While we work on putting together the very best kit that we can, we thought, “Why not make the mats available now for those of you that do not want to wait for the whole kit?” So that is what we have gone ahead and done. Click on the picture to purchase your hemp mats.
We grow all of our microgreens on hemp mats made from a woven hemp fiber. We have tried hemp mats from different places and let us just tell you, all hemp is not created the equal. After 2 years of testing, we have found our favorite mat to use and now you can get them too!
Once you receive your order of mats, the process is really simple. When you are ready to to plant, gather the following list of supplies. You are going to need 2 trays to put the mats and seeds in, your pea seeds, water, and some light. We recommend using trays made of glass or food grade safe plastic. The black trays you can find in most garden stores can be used but are typically not food grade safe, meaning they could leach carcinogenics into your beautiful microgreens. In coming weeks, we will have food grade safe trays (17 3/4 ” x 12 3/4 “) available on our website.
The peas should be measured out and soaked in water the night prior to the day you wish to plant. Submerge the peas in water for 20 – 24 hours. Each mat will require approximately 2/3 a cup of peas to fully seed the mat. Soak the mats in water 1 – 3 hours prior to planting. Drain mats until they are no longer dripping.
Lay the mats out in your tray and spread the peas over the mats. You want a single layer of equally dispersed peas. Spray the seeds and cover with the second tray or lid. Place the trays in a dark place for up to 3 days. Spray the the seeds twice daily. Once roots begin to form, remove lid and place tray in a well lit place, preferably by a window. Add water to the bottom of the tray twice daily to keep the mats moist and the roots wet. In 7 to 10 days start enjoying your pea shoots!!!
Don’t forget what my grandma would say, “Eat Your Peas!”