24 May 2008

Bamboo Pea Trellis

This year we got a little fancy with our pea trellis. We built a bit bamboo frame over the pea bed and tied cross pieces above each row of peas.

Then, we hung strings—one per pea sprout—from the cross piece and tied them loosely around the base of each pea.


It was labor-intensive, but worth it. So far the peas aren't trying to strangle each other like they normally do, since they all seem content to hang out on their own string. In the past, our peas have gotten all tangled and clumped together and it's was difficult to find and pick all the ripe pods. This method has been keeping them much more organized.

5 comments:

Twinville said...

Your fancy bamboo trellis set-up just totally rocks!

Seeing all of your green growing things, makes me a little nvious, though.
Ya know, girlfriend, we just got snow the other day. ack.

ourfriendben said...

Cool! And smart, too. Now, where are you getting all that gorgeous green bamboo?!!

CeeCee said...

I wish I would have seen this two months ago, but live and learn. I tried to convince my peas to climb up a string, but I think it was too limp. They just blew in the wind and attached themselves to each other. Yours look great and are behaving themselves. :)

Melinda said...

Your pea and bean trellises look beautiful! When I was in the Dominican Republic this Spring, we stayed with a tobacco farmer that had a vegetable garden in his backyard. He had a similar system to yours, only he used it for tomatoes, eggplant, and squash plants. It worked amazingly well - I was totally surprised! Makes tomatoes much more low maintenance.

Melinda said...

Your pea and bean trellises look beautiful! When I was in the Dominican Republic this Spring, we stayed with a tobacco farmer that had a vegetable garden in his backyard. He had a similar system to yours, only he used it for tomatoes, eggplant, and squash plants. It worked amazingly well - I was totally surprised! Makes tomatoes much more low maintenance.