No matter how many trellises I build, it seems I’m always looking for something better – taller, sturdier, prettier. Last year, I fell in love with the bike trellis I built for my beans, but that’s what it is – for the beans, which will be planted in late spring.
Real talk, I just put up a trellis for my peas a few weeks ago, but it was unstable and frankly, an eye sore. The moment I had a chance to tear it down, I did and I quickly put something better in its place, just in time for my sprouting peas to start climbing.
It probably took me an hour to install and I reused bamboo stakes I already had from a previous trellis, so it was affordable.Â All I did was put two tall stakes into the ground angled toward each other like a skinny triangle. I secured them together at the top with twine. I cut a piece of bamboo that was the length of the bed and placed it across the stop, slightly wedging it in between the stakes. I secured that piece to the others with twine too.
I nailed two pieces of twine across the bottom of the bed. In hindsight, I realize I should have left a little space to get the nail out, but I wanted the twine to be really taut. I’ll just have to cut the twine to move it. No bigs. Once the frame and bottom pieces of twine were in place, I wove the twine up and around the top bar and down under the bottom twine, alternating from one side, or one of the pieces of twine on the bottom, to the other.
The end result – lots of structure for pea tendrils to grab on to! My pals at Seattle Seed Company said it best when they called it a harp for the garden! They’re right and it will look even better when the peas start climbing up its strings. Yep, folks, I think may have found a pea trellis I love.
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