Sugar Snap Peas & Bamboo Teepees

Sugar Snap Pea Trellis

I’m trying my hand at gardening this year.  I made 2 square foot gardens (4ft x 2ft), and they fit quite a few plants.  The rest I am growing in pots because I have such limited sunny space in my yard.  Flanking the sides of my porch stairs are 2 large pots with sugar snap peas growing steadily up toward the sun.  I usually use these pots for pretty flowers, but this year I am being a bit more practical.



I filled the pots with organic potting soil, watered to moisten, then planted sugar snap pea seeds in each pot.  I soaked the seeds in water for a few hours before planting, then poked holes about 1″ deep and plopped the seed right in and covered with soil. I kept the soil moist and covered the pots with plastic on top, using clothespins to keep the plastic in place.  It created the perfect environment for my seeds to germinate, and kept the squirrels out! I planted 12 per pot, but thinned them down to about 6 per pot once sprouted.  I planted them on the 12th of April, they sprouted in about a week.

Growing Sugar Snap Peas in Pots



Just yesterday I made teepees for them to climb on.  It was super easy.  4 bamboo stakes (bamboo is strong and cheap!) tied at the top with jute twine.  I’m not sure exactly how to tie the jute up the bamboo stakes to give the peas support as they grow, but I did my best:) I read that they like to grow straight up, instead of tilting in toward the middle, so I made sure the first row of jute is right above the little pea plants.  They are already starting to vine around the twine, I will need to add a few more levels of jute quite soon!


My girls love watching these pea plants grow.  They are right at the front of our steps, so they see it every day, and each day they grow at least an inch.  They “oooo” and “ahhhh” over the growth when they get home from school.  I can’t wait to see little fingers snapping off peas and to watch them pop ’em in their mouths!  Hopefully, the plants will stay healthy so this can happen…so far so good!

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  • Emily {Frilly Details}
    May 11, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Love the teepee idea! Very cute 🙂

  • Kaysi
    May 10, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Those look great!

  • Rene @ cottage and vine
    May 10, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    What a great idea! I’m bookmarking this to do in our garden!

  • Fawnda
    May 8, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Looks great! THey are going to be beautiful! 🙂

  • Cilla
    May 7, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Look fab… I’m growing sweet peas in the similar way

  • Avivah @ Oceans of Joy
    May 7, 2010 at 3:44 am

    What a great idea, to use pots for planting in, and to use the bamboo as trellises! I think I’ll try this! 🙂

  • Leigh of Bloggeritaville
    May 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    LOVE those. I am thinking of making a kid/grown up sized teapea using beans. I thgouth itd be fun for my kids to play in during summer.
    Well done! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!
    Leigh, Bloggeritaville

  • Jenn
    May 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I must have too many projects going on at once because there is only 1 plant in my garden that I would consider “thriving”. Good job!

  • Anita@Theycallmejammi
    May 6, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I’m really enjoying your blog and have just joined as a member. Please come by and visit with me when you have a chance.

  • Casual (dash) Cottage
    May 6, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Good start on the little pea plants.
    Hope you get peas-a-plenty !

  • Marie
    May 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm

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  • Amy Bowman
    May 5, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    what did you grow them on? my package said 4 ft…what happens if they get taller? can I train them to grow back down the teepee?? can you tell I’m new at this? lol.

  • Michelle
    May 5, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    You’ll be surprised how tall these get. Mine were about 6 feet tall last year 🙂

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