Monday, April 23, 2012

Weaving the pea trellis

Making your own pea trellis
from baling twine is fun, cheap inexpensive,
and I like not having to purchase
plastic every year that is costly and
unpleasant,not to mention time consuming, to try
to remove the dead vines from.
It can be found at your farm store or garden supply store.

Here is what I did!

I used metal T posts for the ends of my pea rows,
pounded in before the peas were planted.
I planted my peas in a double row
to grow up either side of the trellis.

Starting at the bottom of one of the posts,
string lengths of twine between the posts and
tie off on opposite post.
Continue up the post, adding new rows
about every 4 inches apart.
I like to have some tall stakes pounded in
between the posts to support
and help prevent trellis from sagging. 

When all horizontal rows are completed,
tie the free end of twine to the top row
about 4 inches in
from the post. Measure to the ground and add
about six extra inches.
Bring twine down to the next row,
down over the front of the cross piece...

  under and up the back...

then over the top and down to the next row.

Continue down the rows of cross pieces
and tie to the bottom row.
Snip off any extra with scissors if desired.

Repeat every 4 inches across, starting at the top.

This makes a nice looking trellis for your peas
that can be composted along with your pea vines
at the end of the season.

 Amy at Homestead Revival's
Barn Hop

Heidi at My Simple Country Living
Country Garden Showcase

Jami's Tuesday Garden Party
at An Oregon Cottage

Deborah Jean's
Farmgirl Friday #55


jean said...

I love this idea and am going to use it. Thanks, Amy!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

I'm going to try this next time I grow peas... we just finished up a fall/winter garden with peas. We weren't so successful with them.But we were lacking in the trellis department!

good tips-- thanks, Pat

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Oh, I forgot I liked the composting tip...did I say that? I can't remember.

--have a blessed week! Pat

Anonymous said...

Our peas have not done well for the past 2 years but this is beautiful pea trellis. We use twine with bamboo to trellis our climbers later in the season. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

Athena at MinervasGarden said...

I've not tried this type of pea trellis before, but may have to give it a go next year!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea, Raeann. I am not planting peas this year but will definitely bookmark this. :)

Lexa said...

Thanks so much for the great tutorial. I have my poor peas climbing up a bean tower this year and it really doesn't have all of the support that they need.

~TastyTravels~ said...

I like your tip for making a pea trellis. I may have to use your idea. I've been trying to figure out what to do for my peas this year.

Mary Hudak-Collins said...

Wow! What a wonderful idea! And is that Hollyhocks in the background in your last photo? Mine are up about that much as well. I'm visiting from My Simple Country Living ☺

3rnigerians said...

Wow! What a fantastic idea. I love it. Thanks for sharing and I WILL be trying this real soon. I have planted about 60 row feet of sweet peas, snap peas, and scarlet runner beans. This will be so natural and pretty and I can run it as tall as my t-post. Thanks for sharing.


Barb said...

Looks pretty! I didn't know the twine could be composted. That would make clean up at the end of the season so much easier!

Jami @ An Oregon Cottage said...

I love using twine for trellises that can be composted, too! So much easier at the end of the season, huh? This is a nice tutorial - thanks!

3rnigerians said...

I made my first one today and I had so much fun. I love the way it looks too. Thank you for the great tutorial.

daisy g said...

Love how that looks! I'm gonna try this! Thank you for sharing!

Unknown said...

I love this idea! I bet it would work for sweet peas too! Thank you for sharing this!