One thing I look so forward to in the summer are fresh vegetables! There is something about being able to walk out to the garden and grab a handful of fresh green beans or peas and munch on them for a snack. Not to mention, when picking them for canning or freezing, too many probably end up in my mouth!
Last summer though, all we had for our peas was a rickety old pea trellis that we created out of skinny sticks and a string. We knew that peas would grow as high as we would make it’s “home” to be, so we decided last year that THIS year, our pea trellis would look a little different.
I went to the store and looked around the various gardening centers and realized that a store-bought pea trellis was NOT worth the money! Wow are they expensive! I called my husband and told him the prices and he said he could make one. As I looked at different fencing to put in between wood boards, I knew that it still wasn’t worth the hassle!
He told me to just come home and he would take care of it. This got me excited, yet made me a little anxious because we were heading out of town in the next day or two and I questioned whether he could make one in that amount of time. And one that actually WORKED!
My husband showed me up!
Before I knew it, this trellis was standing up in our garden, ready to do it’s job!
You may wonder HOW in the world a set up like this would really work. Well, it was all about the sturdiness and the string
My husband nailed long boards together to two uprights so that he could separate them at the bottom. So the board on the left, he nailed to one upright and the board on the right, he nailed to the other upright. He then attached both uprights together so that they can swing.
Then he wrapped sections of string about 6 inches apart around each board
Another view of the string
And here is how the pea plants are growing up the string!
The whole trellis is almost 6 feet tall and with peas, really, they will grow as tall as your trellis allows. We are excited to have a fruitful pea crop this year and enjoy those fresh peas for months to come!
I wish I could give you more details, but it was really that simple! Just nail two uprights and two cross boards together for each side, and you are set!
What do YOU use for a pea trellis?