Astonishingly enough, my sweet peas are up. They germinated very quickly, more than a full week faster than I expected (normal germination is 14- 21 days; these were up in 5 days). Most instructions for sweet peas say "soak in water for 24 hours", but I really think using filtered water this time made all the difference. Ever since learning to ferment vegetables, I'm very conscious of chlorine in water; chlorine inhibits many positive bacterial functions. Surely there's some chlorine-free magic afoot with these babies.
And even though we are getting another 7 inches of snow today and tomorrow, if the sweet peas are up, spring is almost here. Even though my frost date is April 21, I expect they can go out in about 4 weeks (End of March). Sweet peas are tough little buggers.