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How to Trellis Peas

Super Sugar Snap peas. Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds

Super Sugar Snap peas. Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds

June 14, 2019

Peas appreciate a trellis. Will Bonsall says that he uses mostly 4- to 5-foot hex-wire (chicken fencing) for his pea trellises, as it is relatively quick to put up and lasts for years if properly stored between seasons. To help vines cling to it, he adds a piece of binder twine lengthwise to both sides of the row, about halfway up the eventual height of the plants, weaving it into the wire fence every 6 to 8 feet. “It's much easier and more effective to tie up peas loosely before they start to fall away from the support,” he says. Read more about Bonsall’s pea cultivation ideas (including a summer sowing) in his article “Edible-Podded Peas” in the summer issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

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