Let's Get Dirty | All Blogs

Aw, shoot…

By Penny Stine

I ordered some seeds because I wanted to try a little indoor vegetable gardening in front of my living room window this winter. When you order seeds from a seed catalog, it often gives you the option of choosing between a small, garden-size bag of seeds or a large, farm-size bag of seeds. I thought I ordered one packet of pea seeds, but when my order came, it included five packet of peas.

My living room window isn't that big.

Originally, I was going to let the peas grow up and twine and vine themselves all around this plant stand. I figured it would cheer me up in January when it's cold and dark outside. I also found a cucumber that didn't need pollination (so I didn't have to have bees in my house in the winter), which I planted in the small round pots. The big round pots have my unhappy basil, which is currently in a snit because I brought it in from the outdoors, where it used to soak in the warm sunshine. It doesn't understand that the deck is no longer delightful and this is the best I can do, given that it's November. 

When I was searching for something else online, I came across the newest trendy veggie: pea shoots, which are the tender leaves and tendrils of a pea plant before it gets enormous. Although some people would have you believe that you have to buy special pea seeds, I read other experts who said any old pea would do.
Since I have five packets of pea seeds, I decided I may as well grow pea shoots rather than peas. I figured I could replant often throughout the winter, since they're ready to eat within a couple weeks of planting. The other day, I broke off an inch-long section and took a taste.
Hmmm… it tasted like… peas!
Go figure.
I'm not sure if the plant will survive once I start whacking back and get serious about harvesting the shoots, but at this point, it's immaterial. I still have four and a half more packets of pea seeds.  


Please Login or Register to leave a comment.

Recent Posts
By Nic.Korte
Friday, April 7, 2017

Tech Education a Must for Tech-Starved Mesa County
By David Goe
Friday, March 31, 2017

By Nic.Korte
Friday, March 24, 2017

By Nic.Korte
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Four Podcasts for Music Lovers
By David Goe
Friday, March 3, 2017


734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050; M-F 8:00 - 5:00
Subscribe to print edition
Advertiser Tearsheet

© 2017 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy