How to Make Bamboo Trellis for Peas

Overview

Fresh peas grown on your bamboo trellis provide delicious variety in your meals while creating a focal point to you garden. The climbing pea vine will create a stunning wall of lush green color. Use the bamboo trellis in an already established vegetable garden to help save space. If you don't have a large area, you can also nestle your trellis and peas inside of a large garden container, which is ideal for those who live in apartments without access to a yard. With its durable and sturdy quality, your bamboo trellis will give you years of use and enjoyment.

Step 1

Decide where the bamboo trellis will rest. Observe the weather patterns in the area to determine the amount of sunlight the trellis will receive. Peas prefer full sun an well-drained soils. Measure the spot to help determine the best and most appropriate size for the trellis.

Step 2

Remove rocks and weeds from the area. Rake over the soil to ensure a smooth surface area. Make sure the bamboo trellis will stand straight by using a carpenter's level that can gauge the correct surface level.

Step 3

On a flat surface take the bamboo shoots and cross them over each other in a crisscross pattern. Form a lattice-shaped trellis and attach the canes together using garden wire. At the cross section of each cane, wrap the wire around until tight and secure.Twist the ends of the wire together for a snug fit. Keep one third of the bottom of the trellis for the feet of the structure.

Step 4

Test the soil around the base of the trellis to ensure the peas will grow and prosper. Peas require a pH of 6.0 to 6.7 to flourish. Contact your local county extension office for information regarding soil testing.

Step 5

Dig a hole for the feet of the bamboo trellis. Insert the feet into the dug holes and fill up the sides with soil. Press firmly down to ensure the trellis is snug. For extra support, attach the bamboo trellis to an outdoor wall.

Step 6

Plant the peas into the soil at the base of the trellis. Water the peas once or twice per week. The peas should be kept evenly moist and watering should occur early in the day to reduce the possibility of leaf diseases that occur when the pea leaves remain wet overnight. Lay mulch two to three inches deep to help retain soil moisture and reduce weeds shooting up.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Rake
  • Carpenter's level
  • Bamboo
  • Wire
  • Shovel
  • Pea plants
  • Mulch

References

  • Ohio State University Extension
  • Sunset
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About this Author

Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.