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Post  Mastiff07 on 4/12/2012, 10:37 pm

I saw that you can plant 8 a square. How to I use a trellis for them?

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Post  walshevak on 4/13/2012, 8:10 am

My trellis is outside the box. Last year I took small branches of a tree and made a bridge from the front of the square back over the edge to the to bottom of the trellis. Peas put out tendrils that will catch on anything even the tulle I use for bug protection, but breaking the tendrils and redirecting the plant is ok. Once they get headed in the right direction they will catch on each other and the twigs and trellis and go to town.

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Post  givvmistamps on 4/13/2012, 9:35 am

Kay, does that make for a very full trellis? Are the peas difficult to find? And do they crowd the other things growing up the trellis? My husband worries that peas will do all those things. I'd love to have someone's experience on this to share with him. (He grew up with a row-garden in his back yard.)

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Post  kbb964 on 4/13/2012, 10:17 am

Kay do you have a picture of that sweet pea trellis?

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Post  walshevak on 4/13/2012, 10:34 am

2 pea areas last year





old bed foot board on my chair top garden



I have peas on this trellis this year but no pics yet.


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Post  kbb964 on 4/13/2012, 10:40 am

Thanks! Very helpful pictures.

I am trying to figure out what to do for peas and toms. Because of poor planning I will probably have to take my hoops down ....... hehe. next year I will do it right.

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Post  quiltbea on 4/13/2012, 10:51 am

I use a net trellis that can be reused again and again if you tie it to posts on either side of the row.



Here's my 2nd seeding or sugar snaps in this box with the earlier one in the box behind it. They grow 6-7 feet tall easily. I take the trellis down in the fall and put it back up in the spring in another box.

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Post  kbb964 on 4/13/2012, 10:56 am

I am thinking of using green stakes like those with a wire top and bottom I want to try string both the peas and tomatoes.

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Post  quiltbea on 4/13/2012, 11:04 am

@kbb....That's what I do. One year I trellis the peas and beans, the following year I string the tomatoes between the tall fence posts so they are rotated. The wire that's strung from post to post along the bottom is a permanent fixture and does not interfere with the peas and beans in the off year.

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Post  Pepper on 4/13/2012, 2:10 pm

QB where do you get the nylon mesh material. That is what I needed when I made my string trellis for beans



Also hoping they are not to dense to grow right

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Post  quiltbea on 4/13/2012, 2:47 pm

@pepper........I got mine at a local Blue Seal Feed and Grain store. Last year it was in the $5-$6 range for 5 ft by 15 ft so enuf for 3 beds since I start the netting about a foot up from the bottom. This year I found bird netting ($9.99) there to cover my dwarf cherry tree this year. I don't want the birds to eat the cherries before I can pick them like they did last year. Those feed and grain stores are marvelous.

I mulch with straw so get my bales of straw at the same place for around $8 a bale last year. It'll probably go up this year like everything else.


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Post  javaaddict on 4/13/2012, 4:12 pm

These pea trellises are great! I'm working on a real tomato trellis (SFG style). I'm going to take my old tomato cages, flip them upside down, and let the peas climb those. It's not perfect, but it's virtually no work and it doesn't seem they need much support.

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Post  kbb964 on 4/13/2012, 4:15 pm

@javaaddict wrote:These pea trellises are great! I'm working on a real tomato trellis (SFG style). I'm going to take my old tomato cages, flip them upside down, and let the peas climb those. It's not perfect, but it's virtually no work and it doesn't seem they need much support.

Holy Smokes what a GREAT idea!
I can just picture it, perfect. Maybe I will recycle mine

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Post  givvmistamps on 4/15/2012, 1:53 am

@Pepper wrote:QB where do you get the nylon mesh material. That is what I needed when I made my string trellis for beans



Also hoping they are not to dense to grow right


Wow Pepper, that's some setup you came up with! Shocked I found netting like QB has at Home Depot, but in a smaller size. It's 5'x8', supposedly, but it was just wide enough on the 5' direction to string between the conduit of our 4' boxes. We strung it over the conduit to see how much we'd need of the 8' length, and had about 2' left at the top which we cut off and will probably use to support some of our tomatoes using the leftover 4' pieces of conduit.

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