Ideas for a pea trellis

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Ideas for a pea trellis
Scrambling peas need a structure to climb up. (pea image by cherry from

Growing vegetables can be an extremely rewarding experience for many, providing fresh food for family and friends to enjoy. Commonly eaten and grown around the world, peas have become a popular home-grown vegetable. Gardeners use a variety of methods to provide an efficient climbing structure for peas. Whether it is aesthetically pleasing or simply efficient in its nature, a pea trellis offers the ideal setting for thriving pea plants.

Wicker Trellis and Wigwams

Such is the popularity of growing peas that many garden centres and nurseries stock a wide range of wicker wigwams and ready-made trellises which make ideal climbing structures. Peas can quickly curl and tendril their way up by themselves. Such products are readily integrated into gardens simply and efficiently, allowing gardeners to get a head start on growing.

Ideas for a pea trellis
Trellising offers an ideal climbing structure for peas. (Rain on leaves image by Claire Mackenzie from

Bamboo Canes

Bamboo canes often provide a cheaper solution for gardeners to make their own pea trellis. Create a wigwam by leaning five or six canes together and tying at the top, or make a simple fence shape. Intertwine string or pea mesh throughout the canes to provide the extra support which growing plants need to climb.

Ideas for a pea trellis
Bamboo canes offer a cheaper alternative to shop-bought trellis. (bamboo structure image by BorisNoWorries from

Natural Branches

If you are looking for a free and natural solution to create a pea trellis, an option is to use twigs and branches. Lean them together to form a wigwam, or "plant" five or six branches between 2 and 5 feet in length with plenty of side shoots for the pea plants to clamber on. This simple solution is ideal for any organic garden setting and has the added benefit of recycling the garden environment.

Ideas for a pea trellis
Twigs and branches offer a natural solution for trellis structures. (branches image by Pavel Vlasov from

Industrial Materials

For gardeners wanting to create a modern and cutting-edge twist to their pea trellis, traditional materials can be replaced by industrial materials such as scaffold poles or copper plumbing pipes. Create structures similarly to those using bamboo sticks, with five or six lengths of pipe creating a wigwam or a row of vertically inclined struts which are then tied together at their tops in a fence-type structure. Additional string or pea mesh may be required to support climbing, but the glimpse of metal structures will modernise most gardens.

Ideas for a pea trellis
For a modern edge, industrial products provide eye-catching design. (bricolage.. image by Claudio Calcagno from

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