Saving Pea Seeds – Parsley Peas

Parsley Peas seeds
The pea pods have completely dried up now, ready to be picked off the plants. You need to always wait until the pods look like this.

Being a blogger definitely has it perks. I get to meet a lot of amazing people who are kind and generous enough to freely share their seeds. Rick Rickman, who I interviewed earlier this year for the Gardens Across American project, send me some pea seeds to try out. The catch was that he wasn’t going to tell me what they were until they began to grow and showcase some unique growing traits. The first pea to do that was known as the Parsley pea. A variety that instead of shooting out a bunch of tendrils, shots out a series of small leaflets, great for putting in salads or doing some light cooking with. I grew another variety, the Petite Snap green that behaves in a similar fashion.

Here are the Parsley Pea plants are they were beginning to sprout. Even early on I could tell there was something special about these plants. The small leaflets were stretching out like arms.
Here are the Parsley Pea plants are they were beginning to sprout. Even early on I could tell there was something special about these plants. The small leaflets were stretching out like arms.

The plants did pretty well. I samples a few of the leaflets, but mainly let the plants grow for seed so that I could do a bigger crop in the future. Rick gave me 10 seeds and I was able to turn that into 137 seeds!

Parsley Peas
A great selection of dried out pea pods, ready to be shelled for seeds.

Here is a video of me talking about the dried up pea pods just before I picked them.

I grew them in a black container that I got free from a grocery store. It works really well as a mini raised bed. I had a mix of soil and compost. It was the perfect way to grow just a few seeds in.

Parsley Peas
I started with 10 seeds this year and turned that into a collection of 137 seeds!

Make sure whenever you are harvesting pea seeds that the pods are completely dried up. There should be no green and they should feel dry and brittle. If you shake a pod, you may feel some of the peas shifting around inside. This means that your seed is fully mature and ready to save. Once I get to the point that I am just collecting seed from a pea plant, I forgo any more watering, so the peas can dry out as soon as possible.

I want to return the favor that Rick showed me and share some of my seeds with other people. Stay tuned to the pea project to find out when and how this will take place. You can keep up to date by entering your e-mail address below to receive all of my email updates.

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