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How to support pea plants

Planting sweet peas in the spring or autumn provides a gardener with a delicious pea harvest during the cooler temperature periods of the growing season. As long as the sweet pea plants blossom and begin the process of producing peas while temperatures are below 80F, they will flourish abundantly in a growing area. The main growing requirement of sweet peas is a support structure for them to climb. As long as you support pea plants with a light structure, they will happily climb and produce peas.

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  1. Create two furrows for pea seeds with the hoe. Make the furrows 8 to 10 inches apart to allow for the support structure.

  2. Pound the wood stakes into the soil between the furrows, spacing the stakes approximately 3 feet apart and pounding them into the soil approximately 4 inches deep.

  3. Attach the end of the chicken wire to the first stake, placing one plastic tie 2 inches above the soil level, a second plastic tie at the top of the stake and a third plastic tie at the midpoint between the first two ties.

  4. Stretch the chicken wire between the first stake and the second stake and attach the wire to the second stake in the same fashion as you attached the chicken wire to the first stake.

  5. Continue stretching the chicken wire between the stakes and attaching it in the same fashion until you reach the last stake. Attach the chicken wire to the last stake with the plastic ties and then cut off the chicken wire flush with the stake using the wire cutters.

  6. Plant the pea seeds in the furrows, spacing them 3 inches apart, and cover them with 1.5 inches of soil. Water the seeds generously and keep the soil moist while the seeds germinate. As the seeds grow, they will naturally grow up and cling to the chicken wire for support.

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Things You'll Need

  • Hoe
  • 4-foot-high wood stakes
  • Hammer
  • Chicken wire (1-inch mesh)
  • Plastic ties
  • Pea seeds

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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