Staking peas involves the use of a trellis, which the pea plants crawl up during growth. Stake peas in a garden with help from a longtime gardener in this free video clip.
Good morning, my name is Ed Buker. Everybody refers to me as Farmer Ed. I'm a master gardener in LA County. This morning we're talking about staking your peas or a trellis. I call it a trellis, that's the correct name for it for your peas to crawl up. If you plant your peas in a row and you put this trellis up you can use a rope trellis. Some people use a wire trellis. You can even use a chicken wire as a trellis, put some poles up to hold the chicken wire and run the chicken wire right down the row of peas and you can use three foot chicken wire and in order to anchor you trellis fairly deep you use a good size pole, something about a two inch square approximately and drive it into the ground probably a foot, a foot and a half that way it's good and sturdy because when you get the rows of peas up there it's going to be fairly heavy and I would put like every six feet, I would put a pole in to hold the trellis. These trellises are about three feet high. See how they zigzag, therefore you don't have to put posts. When you have a trellis that's hinged like this that's about a foot on each leg lengthwise, you hinge it like that and you make it zigzag, therefore you don't have to use no posts. At the other end it's got about six to eight inch rods that go down in the soil. The peas will crawl right up that wire and it will keep them from laying on the ground and rottening and turning colors and stuff like that and that way you can use the trellis to protect your peas so that they're easy to pick. These pea pods they aren't quite full enough to pick yet. There still a little bit flat. They've got to be rounded in order to pick so they'll be peas that are full formed peas. This morning I explained to you how to do the trellis for peas and how to put the stakes in and it should do the job for you. Thank you.