How to Save Pea Seeds

by Annie
2 Materials
3 Weeks

Peas are a super easy vegetable to save seeds from. And once you do, you won't have to buy them again next year to plant in your vegetable garden (or in pots on the patio!)

There's a couple of things to keep in mind if you want to save your own seeds, whether it's peas or another veggie.

All you need to do is get started growing some peas. Plant heirloom pea seed in good quality soil about 1 inch apart.

You will need to use some netting or fence line so the plants have something to climb. You could use a trellis if you are growing peas in a pot.

Keep your pea plants watered and before long they will be growing up the support. After they flower, the pea pods will form.

Once the pods fill out, you can harvest them for fresh eating (and who doesn't like snacking on just picked peas??)

Save some of the pods for drying out and using for next year's seed.

I like to spread out the pods in a shallow pan or a basket, keeping them single layer.

Over a couple of weeks, the pods will be dried and you can get the peas out.

You can find tips on both drying the pods and shelling the peas here on our site.

Store the dried peas in a paper envelope, label it with the pea variety and keep in a cool place.

There's your seed for next year! If you want to learn more about vegetable gardening, just come on over. We'd be happy to have you!

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  • Sandra L Warren Sandra L Warren on Jul 02, 2021

    Cool place like the fridge?

    • Annie Annie on Jul 02, 2021

      You could store in the fridge or a cool spot in your house. We store ours in the basement

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jul 02, 2021

    Awesome to know! Do you have any idea if they will grow in zone 10?

    • Annie Annie on Jul 02, 2021

      I am guessing here, because a zone 10 garden is a lot different than zone 3 where we are. But I would try planting peas in the fall in zone 10. They are a cool weather plant, so plant when coolest where you are