bamboo pea trellis

DSCN1213It’s like an old glass milk bottle, because it looks good and it works. These are bush peas, English garden peas. I used to grow only Sugar Snap Peas for the farmers’ markets, and while they sell like hot cakes (wait a minute; who sells hot cakes?) but they don’t freeze worth a damn and you can’t find anything in the store that even approaches homegrown Sugar Snaps — a pile of wimpy fat pods is what you find. So, now I grow English peas, because they freeze perfectly. 

The trellis I bought from some mail-order supplier, but now I can make my own. they’re like a child’s gate: Bamboo (cheap) fastened loosely with rivets (also cheap). This one expands to 2′ high by 12′ long. Just perfect.

Almost forgot: a couple of garden stakes holds it vertical. 

I’ll use the same thing for a cucumber trellis.

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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