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Homegrown/Homemade: How to Plant Peas

Danielle Sherry, Sarah Breckenridge, and Robyn Doyon-Aitken. Videography by Gary Junken. Edited by Cari Delahanty
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Welcome to our video series Homegrown, Homemade. I’m a cook who needs some help in the garden and Fine Gardening‘s Danielle Sherry is a gardener who needs some help in the kitchen. We’ve teamed up to show gardeners and cooks of all skill levels how get the most out of their crops from seed to plate.

In the series on peas, Danielle shows me how to plant the pea bed, three ways to stake pea plants, and how to harvest the peas. Then we move into the kitchen, where I show Danielle how to blanch peas for freezing, how to use pea pods for a simple vegetarian broth, and finally, I share one of my favorite pea recipes: Pea & Mint Soup with Lemon Cream.

Episode One: How to Plant Peas
Peas like it cool, so the best time to start planting is when you can get down a few inches into the soil and it feels cool and moist, but not too wet. Pea plants leave nitrogen behind, so Danielle recommends planting in the same spot I used last season and shares her tricks, including treating the seeds with inoculant and spacing my plants, so this year’s crop will be better than last year’s.

Other episodes about peas
How to Plant Peas How to Care for Pea Plants How to Harvest Peas
Episode One: How to Plant Peas   Episode Two: How to Care for Pea Plants   Episode Three: How to Harvest Peas
How to Prep Peas Pea Soup Recipe
Episode Four: How to Prep Peas   Recipe Demo: Pea & Mint Soup with Lemon Cream
 For more on growing peas, see our sister site, VegetableGardener.com.
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  • skipp84 | 04/28/2010

    My husband and I are long-time gardeners, subscribers to Fine Cooking and Fine Gardening, and the former Kitchen Garden magazine (maybe it was ahead of its time??). We loved your video, and your helper Juno. We also plant two rows of peas just for the pea tendrils. Snip off the top section for stir fries or salads. The vines will then produce side growth that may not be as tender as the first growth but with blanching is very tasty. Another way to enjoy the very short pea season.

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