Easy DIY Trellis: How to Support Your Climbing Peas

 

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Climbing/vining plants such as peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, and pole beans need support to stay healthy, disease-free, and yield longer harvests. Peas develop tendrils that form at the ends of the stems. These tendrils curl around anything within reach to propel the plant higher. Pea plants grow larger and produce more pods if they have a structure to climb up.

Trellising in the garden can be done on a budget with minimal materials and tools. A good time to build the structure is at the time of planting, or about a week after when seeds have started to germinate. This way, the trellis is there for when the tendrils are high enough to reach the initial level. Here is how we built our pea trellis this year: 

What you’ll need per 4 foot row of peas:

  • Hammer
  • Twine (synthetic or jute)
  • 2 wooden stakes at least 5' tall
  • Knife/scissors

That's it, here we go!

1. Hammer your stakes into the ground in line with your plants on either end of the row. Make sure they are firmly in place.

2. Tie the twine to one stake and then tightly weave between the stakes with about 6-8 inches between levels. 

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3. Cut segments that will reach from the top to the bottom of your trellis and loop these strings between levels to create a checkerboard pattern.

Peas grow quickly, so you'll see them grab onto the trellis in no time. The flowers and top "shoots" (including the tendrils) are actually edible, and can be snipped off to use in salads, stir frys, or even summer cocktails.

When you're ready to harvest the pods, try making one of our favorite recipes: Quick-pickled Peas.

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