Chit Sugar Snap Pea Seeds Anytime Now

I wrote a post last year on chitting seeds, which is a method developed by Steve Solomon and described in his excellent book Gardening When It Counts, of presprouting the seed prior to planting it in the ground, in order to achieve better germination rates.  Here is a link to the post if you’d like to learn how to do it.

I put my seeds to be chitted in damp paper towel pieces, and then put them in sealed plastic bags in a warm spot–my germination box–see this link for a description of what a germ box is.  We will see how many days it takes for them to develop a sprout, after which time I can plant them outside.  This Saturday is supposed to be nice weather, so I will get a spot ready in the garden for planting them out when it’s time.

Here is a picture from last year of the peas:

Fresh peas from the garden are so very good, and not very hard to grow.  I have had better luck growing them in the spring, because eventually the rainfall will taper off when they are starting to produce peas, and thus the conditions are less right for pea problems, such as powdery mildew, to occur, as has happened often in trying to grow them in the fall.

I’d love to hear from you–please leave a comment and tell me what are your favorite pea seed choices, and do you have any great space-saving ideas for trellising them?



  1. minervasgardenwriter said,

    March 27, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    The pea seeds sprouted really fast in the germination box–two days! I will prepare the seed bed outside today and plant them.

  2. Garden Tips said,

    March 28, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Excellent work on this garden article. It makes for an interesting and easy read.

  3. minervasgardenwriter said,

    April 2, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Under plastic, the pea seeds are starting to germinate outside!

  4. May 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    […] post about starting pea seeds via the chitting method outlined by Steve Solomon, which you can find here.  They were planted outside on March 27th, and here are some pictures to show you their […]

  5. minervasgardenwriter said,

    June 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    These peas are now producing starting on June 22nd–just fyi.

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