Peas (Pisum sativum ) are one of the first annual crops to be sown in spring. These cool-season seeds go in the ground as soon as your soil can be worked, but take time to soak them in water first. Soaking peas before planting speeds the germination process and gives you a head start on the season. You'll have delicious fresh peas in a matter of weeks.
Discard any pebbles, debris or soft seeds from the seeds. Pea seed should be dry and firm. The peas may be slightly different shades of pale green to nearly white.
Place the pea seed in large bowl or bucket. Fill the bowl no more than halfway with seeds. When soaked, the seeds double in size.
Cover the seeds with tepid water and allow them overnight. Seeds can be soaked longer, but never soak seeds longer than 24 hours. They may rot and be useless for planting.
Drain excess water from the pea seeds, and spread them on a towel to remove excess water. The peas are ready to plant.