Building Your Own Pea Trellis
When growing peas for eating, most gardeners prefer to build a structure that supports the pea plant’s vines. This structure is known as a pea trellis. A pea trellis can be made of a variety of materials. The main function it serves is to help the pea vines grow vertically along the trellis to make harvesting and care easier for the gardener. There are some specific trellis designs that work well for peas, including the A-frame and the staked rows. A staked row trellis requires a bit of planning and is more utilitarian in design, but it is simple enough for most home gardeners to build. Dig a hole about 1 to 2 feet deep and insert a 5-foot-tall stake or bamboo pole into it. Pack the soil around the pole or stake to stabilize it, and sink another pole 3 feet from the first. Use as many poles or stakes as you like to make the trellis as wide as you need, spacing each one 3 feet apart. Pull wide mesh wire, such as chicken wire, across each pole and staple it to the pole to secure it. Run the wire across each pole on one side, and bring it around the opposite side until you reach the first pole again. Plant your peas directly beneath the trellis on both sides.
An A-frame pea trellis is useful for small gardens where space is at a premium. Make two 4-foot by 5-foot frames using bamboo or lumber, and cover these with chicken wire or plastic mesh. Staple the wire to secure it on the bamboo. Lean the two frames against each other to make an A shape and fasten them with wire or hinges. Plant your peas along the bottom of each frame so they can climb as they grow.