Pea Trellis

On March 15th – St. Patrick’s Day – I did a brave, brave thing. I planted pea seeds.

Peas Grown from SeedMy sugar pod peas about 1 month ago.

A little early for Colorado, but we had such a beautiful spring I just couldn’t resist. I planted two varieties: Oregon Sugar Pod and Sugar Snap. Since the sugar pods are expected to grow to 6 feet, we needed to build a trellis.

We built 3 separate pea trellises. Here is why:

  1. They are heavy. Building 3 separate ones made them manageable.
  2. We plan to rotate our crop. This year they are in a 12 foot bed. Next year, we will move them into the tomato bed which is only 9 feet. Building 3 separate trellises will allow us to use them in the shorter bed.

How to build a pea trellis:

  1. Build an A-Frame out of lumber. You can use recycled wood for this project if you have a source.
  2. Remember the trellis should be about 6 feet high for most varieties of peas.
  3. Use hinges to secure the tops so they can be folded down and stored over the winter.
  4. Staple fine mesh chicken wire across the frame.
  5. These are heavy, but we found they blew over in the high Colorado winds. Secure them when installing them.

These are my pea plants today! They are underplanted with leaf lettuce – which we’ve already harvested one crop – and I added a cucumber plant as well. My plants have blooms and I drool just thinking about the day we have actual peas!

Pea Trellis

 

Why rotate our peas and tomatoes? Peas fix nitrogen to the soil while tomatoes require a great deal of nitrogen. By rotating them, you use the plant’s natural biology to get a better crop. Will it work? I’ll let you know next year! {wink}

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