Peas growing up pea sticks

How To Support Growing Garden Peas

Sweet garden peas are cheap and easy to grow, use pea sticks for support

For a cheap way of supporting your growing peas use pea sticks and the peas will happily clamber through them.

 

 

You will need:

  • pea sticks, or
  • 150cm (5’) canes and string, or
  • 150cm (5’) canes and pea and bean netting

The traditional way is to use pea sticks, which are lengths of twigs about 4’ tall. This is usually the cheapest alternative. If you see someone cutting down a tree, ask for some of the twigs or keep some of the prunings from when you cut the shrubs back in spring. Beware if you use fresh willow as it will soon root.

Place canes about 60cm (2’) apart around the row and tie 3 layers of string around the whole lot then criss-cross between the rows to form a lattice.

Use pea and bean netting around the whole row supported by threading canes through at 60cm (2’) intervals.

If you enjoy growing vegetables you may be interested in the blog articles: 'When should I plant potatoes?', 'What are no-dig beds?' and 'How to gauge when to harvest your vegetables'.

Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas