Yay! This past weekend we were finally without snow and blessed with weather in the 50s. The perfect time to finally plant one of my favorites, peas.
Given the issues I had last year with these plants ending up much larger than expected, I decided to go with a trellis/lattice (I don't actually know the difference between the two...) system. It will certainly be better than the tiny little bamboo stakes I used last year:
|The gnome did not do a very good job of keeping these peas in line|
Anyway, our new system is based on wooden stakes and twine. I learned about this in the gardening class I took, and am hoping to apply it to tomatoes and cucumbers as well. It seems like a way to keep things neat and linear.
The stakes are sturdy - they are hammered about 2 feet into the ground. I placed the lower "rungs" of twine closer together, and then spaced them out more towards the top. I can easily add in more if needed.
I planted one pea seed (sorry, I did not take any pictures of them... but picture a dry, shriveled-looking pea) a few inches in front of each stake about one inch deep, and one in the middle... for a total of 7. I put two seeds in each hole, hoping at least one will germinate.
I also planted some spinach and salad mix in one of our raised beds... but it's not really anything to look at just yet.