Providing some type of pea support or a trellis is a good idea when growing sugar snap peas borne on short to medium sized vines.
And a strong support system is essential if you choose to grow the taller snow pea and green shell pea varieties.
Supporting the Taller Snow and Shell Pea Varieties
For the tallest growing pea vines there’s really no substitute for setting up a sturdy support structure in the form of wire fencing, trellis netting material, or a bean teepee that will enable the pea vines to cling and climb.
My favorite system is the vinyl covered wire fencing material attached to six-foot metal fence posts or wooden framing. Another option is to attach the wire fencing to the top of an outbuilding or structure and secure the other end to the ground.
In the case of pea varieties that produce short to medium length vines here’s a quick and easy alternative to constructing an elaborate support structure.
Simple Pea Support System for Short to Medium Vines
Start by planting your peas rather thickly in a raised bed so that the plants are only two or three inches apart in each direction. Planted closely in this manner the shorter pea varieties will support each other and grow well on their own.
But you can make their task even easier by providing your sugar snap peas with extra support in the form of light brush, prunings, and fallen limbs from trees on your property. Simply press four foot long branches and small limbs a few inches into the ground throughout the bed where the peas are growing.
Leave any forks or side branches attached to the brush and this simple support system will give medium sized sugar snap pea vines plenty of support to hold themselves upright even when loaded with plump pea pods.
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