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!