How to Garden a Pea Trellis


Like many garden vegetables, fresh peas from the garden supply a tasty addition to raw salads and cooked dishes. These legumes take only a small amount of surface space in the garden, thanks to their upward, twining vines. Although peas readily attach their tendrils to a trellis, they do not grow like beans on poles and must be handled differently. The pea plant's tendrils emerge from leaf nodes along the stems of pea plants and firmly adhere to a sturdy trellis made from a piece of lattice.

Step 1

Plant your peas in an area that enables the placement of a long stretch of lattice, at least 8 feet. Most varieties of peas require areas with full sunlight to partial shade. Plant away from overhanging trees or other structures that block the available sunlight. Place your pea garden in an easily accessible area for weeding, watering and harvesting.

Step 2

Test the soil in your planting site. Peas require well-drained soils with a high percentage of organic materials. They prefer a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. Add some well-aged compost to loosen heavy soils or clay compositions. Compost will loosen the texture of the soil, assist in drainage and add nutrients.

Step 3

Cut your posts into two 6-foot sections. Dig your post holes a little less than 8 feet apart, one at each end of your row. Set the ends of your posts about 2 feet into the soil and backfill your holes, packing to stabilize the posts. Attach the ends of your lattice to your posts with sturdy screws. Allow the lattice to sit firmly on the surface of the soil.

Step 4

Plant your pea seeds in the early spring, as soon as the soil thaws. Place the seeds in the soil near the bottom of your new trellis. Plant the seeds about 2 inches apart and about an inch deep. Water your seeds well after planting. Keep the soil slightly moist near the roots as the peas sprout and grow.

Step 5

Place emerging shoots and tendrils through the weave of the lattice. Peas readily attach to this type of support and require little assistance. Pluck the ripened pods off your pea plants without damaging the nearby stems and tendrils. Hold the stem in place with one hand and snap the pea loose with the other hand.

Tips and Warnings

  • Remove the dry, dead vines from your garden before winter. Rotting plants can cause diseases and introduce insects into your garden soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil test kit
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • 12-foot fencing post
  • Screws
  • Water


  • Ohio State University: Growing Peas and Snap Beans in the Home Garden
  • "Botanica's Gardening Encyclopedia;" Susan Page; 2001
  • Iowa State University: Growing Peas in the Home Garden

Who Can Help

  • Gardener's Supply Company: Why Peas Can't Climb a Pole
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About this Author

Laura Dee is a writer, artist, and the co-owner of Wallace & Wallace Copywriting,an online business which specializes in providing marketing materials and copy to various companies. She has written for Demand Studios since 2008 and is currently working on a series of childrens' picture books.