Starting Snap Pea Seeds
First things first: supplies
You are going to need snap pea (or any pea) seeds.
A bowl of water
Desk Lamp and grow bulb Container to grow in with drainage holes in the bottom
Decent compost or potting soil
Friend with worms*
Take your seeds out of that packet and soak them overnight in a bowl of water if you want to give them a faster start. Soaking overnight gives them a jump start on germination, a good long soak to wake up from the state of being so very stagnant and asleep. This isn't necessary and do not worry if you just popped them in the ground or pot already. It simply helps. Try it with some seeds tonight and see if they beat the ones you already planted? It's Science!
Your container or seed starter doesn't need to be complicated. It can be a yogurt container you punched holes in the bottom of, or it could be a pre-built and molded mini-greenhouse with the peat pots inside it. It doesn't really matter what the container is, what matters is that there is a way for excess water to drain. Place your soil into your container. We need to talk about this for a second though. Do not go into your back yard and dig up some dirt and press it into a pot like you're a toddler making a sand castle from a bucket. Compression is not your friend. Good earth for growing needs to be like a slice of chocolate cake. Moist, pliant, and spongey. You wouldn't want a "hard-packed" dense slice of cake nor would you want it to crumble in your hands like chalk. What you want is good cake. So if the potting soil you bought is a little dry, add some moist compost to it. If you don't have compost add a little water to it so it is a little damp (but not wet). If the soil feels to compact take some newspaper and rip or cut it into slivers and strips and add them to the damp soil to create a sort of airy break up in the pot. To make this happen, just take a bowl and add dirt, strips of newsprint, and play with your hands like you are a kid mixing dough. It's okay to have fun with this.
Take your soaked seeds (or your packaged seeds) and get two or three tops out of the packet. Use a finger to poke about as deep as your knuckle and set a seed right in there, cover with loose soil and do not pat it down.
Place in a bright place OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT. I know you think it needs to be in a window but that will just create spindly, weak seedlings. What you need right now is a place in a room that gets sunlight but not death rays. This is especially true if you are using those mini greenhouses at the hardware store. I love those things, but keep in mind you will need to transfer your seedlings in a week or two to a larger container.
Enjoy the wait for that blessed sprout!
*If you have a friend with red wrigglers, the famed and beloved compost worms. Ask if you can have some vermicompost. You CAN'T use too much! It will be such an amazing, organic, and natural kick start to your seedings! If they are really good friends they might help you start some worm bins of your own!