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How to support peas when growing?

If you are planning on growing peas this year then you will need a way to support them and allow them to climb. There are lots of options available but which will be best for you? let’s have a look at some of your choices and talk about the pros and cons below.

How to support peas when growing
How to support peas when growing

Wigwam

A staple of British cottage gardens and allotments, peas just look so right growing up a homemade wigwam.

In my photo below the wigwam is made from hazel but this could just as easily be made from bamboo canes, although I think we can all agree that the hazel does look better!

Sweet Peas Growing up a Hazel Wigwam

Bamboo Canes

An allotment favourite, a row of bamboo canes. Ideal for holding up peas and makes a lot of sense if you have your allotment or veg patch already set up in rows.

This is how I grow my peas and it always works well. You will need to tie your peas in at first but after a while, they tend to become self-supporting.

Sweet Peas Growing Up Bamboo Canes
Sweet Peas Growing Up Bamboo Canes

Netting

Peas will love to climb up any kind of netting. They can grow up chicken wire, square metal or even plastic netting.

All the holes give the plants plenty of areas to get their suckers into and attach themselves to. Something like this is a good idea if your peas will be growing in a particularly windy spot.

String

You can build a solid frame above the peas and suspend some string or twine from it. The peas will start to attach themselves to the twin and grow up it. Something as simple as this provides more than enough support for growing peas.

Peas growing up string
Peas growing up string

Above we can see some peas growing up string suspended from a simple bamboo cane frame. This works well for a few peas but if you are planning on growing a lot of pea plants close together then you will probably want to use something more substantial for your frame.

Materials to use

So let’s get together a list of all the materials you can use to build a support structure for your peas.

  • Bamboo Canes
  • Hazel / Other Sticks
  • String / Twine
  • Netting
  • Wire
  • Trellis Fencing

Tieing Peas in

So as I alluded to earlier you will probably need to tie your peas into whatever support you decide to use, at least at first.

I like to use a little bit of string or twin but the metal gardening ties you can get are really easy to use as you just have to give them a few twists.

One thing you really need to look out for here is not putting the ties on too tight. Peas are delicate, especially when they are young. If you put your ties on too tight you can snap the stem and either kill or seriously harm your young plant, setting growth back by weeks.