Wild Wonders Celebrate Earth Day: Grow A Plant You Can Eat!

Tools

  • 3 Pea seeds (or other seeds you may have)
  • Potting soil
  • 1 sheet of newspaper (roughly 22″ x 12″)
  • 1 10-15 oz can (from your recycling bin)
  • Plate or waterproof tray
  • Water

Connect with Nature:

  • Start by folding the sheet of newspaper lengthwise (with the long edges together) to create a strip. Press along the folded edge.
  • Set the can on its side at one end of the strip, with the base about 2 inches up from the cut edge. Roll the newspaper around the can to create a cylinder.
  • Starting at the outer seam, fold the free end of the cylinder inward. Make three more folds inward to create the base of the pot, press firmly to make the folds as flat as possible.
  • Slip the pot off of the can or bottle. Starting at the outer seam, fold the top 1/2 to 1 inch of the pot inward to create a stable rim.
  • Hold the pot with one hand, with some of your fingers on the bottom to keep it closed. Fill the finished pot to the top with soil and set it in a waterproof tray. 
  • Plant pea seeds (3) in the pot, then water. Place in a sunny location indoors.
  • When you’re ready to plant the seedlings outdoors (when they are about 2-4” tall), pick a sunny location and dig a hole deep enough to bury the paper pot so the rim is below the soil surface.
  • Give the peas something to climb up, a stick or string should work well.
  • The plants roots will quickly grow through the paper sides of the pot under the soil.
  • Keep an eye on your plants, after you see little flowers on the vine the peas will start to grow and will be ready to eat with a few short weeks!

Dive Deeper!

Check out this time lapse video of a pea plant as it grows over the course of a month: http://bit.ly/peatimelapse

Keep a growth journal: track each day what you observe and see if you can label parts of your pea plant as they immerge! Predict what day you expect to see your first pea pod.