Peas are among my favorite things to grow. They go in early, they have gorgeous flowers, they are delicious.
And they feed the soil! Peas and beans are nitrogen fixers and will pump your soil full of great stuff that your other plants need.
The thing is, it actually takes friendly rhizobium bacteria to make it happen. Pull some happy pea plants up and you’ll see white nodules on the roots. That’s the magic!
Hitting your peas with some inoculant will help them get a good start. The inoculant is safe bacteria tuned to your peas. Beans too.
When I am getting ready to plant my peas, I create a little inoculant slurry. It’s easy. Buy some pea inoculant, put some in a bowl, add your peas and some water. Let it soak in the thickish slurry. Done.
In some cold seasons, like this one in Connecticut, I will soak in the slurry and then lay the peas on a damp towel to sprout them before planting.
Here’s a shot of the peas in the slurry.