Pea Brush Mammoth Melting Sugar Snow Peas

Keeping the Peas

Last January I went around the garden and poked in some pea seeds then promptly forgot about them.  In February they sprouted.  In March and April they looked sad and spindly but I continued to ignore them as I didn’t have anything to plant in those spots anyhow.  Then in May they got big and leafy and became unruly masses of pea shoots.  Whoops.  And Yay!

I activated my memory banks for a soultion and remembered that a few months ago I read a post by Dan at Urban Veggie Garden Blog where he mentioned Pea Brush.  Pea Brush, he kindly explained to me, was a structure using a bunch of branches as a netting system to stake up peas.  So I got a bunch of lovely water sprouts from my smoke bush that I had been saving (for some reason) (and luckily) and turned the pea brambles in to these pea-ceful displays:

I think they look great and it sure fit into my budget well.  I’m getting lots of peas now and I’m in no hurry to replace them with other veg.  Give peas a chance, I say.

OK, sorry, that’s the last pea pun for the day.  Happy Harvest Monday, everyone.



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About the Author : StephanieAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie

  1. Aerelonian
    AerelonianJune 14,10

    I’m glad they worked out! I tried to respond on twitter but it’s really being a pain right now so: Thanks, I’ll take a look at them tomorrow!

  2. Priscilla Prince
    Priscilla PrinceJune 14,10

    Awesome to hear that! I planted shelling peas directly on the ground. It’s about 1″ now and I wonder if it’s going to make it. I don’t know…The one I bought from the nursery didn’t survive on my raised bed. As you know I have so many other veggies I grew from seed I’m waiting for…The beans, tomatoes, peppers, & zucchinis are doing well but they take so long! Maybe I need more patience since I’m new to veggie gardening. Enjoy your peas, I’m sure they taste great :)

  3. Daphne
    DaphneJune 15,10

    My peas usually get to stay in the garden until they quit producing. For me that is July in normal years. Then I put in my fall veggies to replace them. I’m a big pea fan. I so love them and they are so prolific (at least the snow and the snap varieties).

  4. melanie watts
    melanie wattsJune 15,10

    Excellent idea and it’s great you are getting peas. My peas are an inch high.

  5. Stevie
    StevieJune 15,10

    Andrew – let me know if you have trouble finding them.

    Pricilla & Melanie – just forget about them and they you’ll be happliy surprised when they pop up. Mine said 60 days on the seed packs but took 4 months!

    Daphne – I’m a pea fan now too! Thanks for Harvest Monday – I love it!

  6. vrtlaricaana
    vrtlaricaanaJune 15,10

    Those peas look great! I had a poor pea harvest, but I’m hoping that I will get some more before they dry and I have to replace them.

  7. Angela
    AngelaJune 15,10

    Isn’t it great when plants do well without much fussing by us?

    Your pea brushes are both useful and decorative, good idea!

  8. johanna
    johannaJune 15,10

    Your garden is beautiful and I love the pea puns.

  9. Laura
    LauraJune 15,10

    They look great! That trellis looks like it does just the right job too. Give Pea-ace a chance indeed!

  10. Marcia
    MarciaJune 15,10

    Saw your comment about garlic scapes pesto. Can you share? I have quite a few scapes and need ideas.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I’m not very good about returning the favor yet but will once I retire in 5 days!

  11. Mr Brown Thumb
    Mr Brown ThumbJune 15,10

    I’m not even going to plant any peas ’cause I won’t be able to create one of those trellis-like things. My nephew things every twig or bamboo cane in the garden is a sword. I’ve just given up and removed all of the swords he uses to behead blooms.

    ;0)

  12. Thomas
    ThomasJune 15,10

    Branches worked well for me this year too…much better than the trellis of twine I put up last year.

    I love when plants surprise you.

  13. Stevie
    StevieJune 15,10

    Laura & Johanna – thanks for supporting my right to pun.

    Marcia – I e-mailed you directly :)

  14. Stevie
    StevieJune 15,10

    Mr Brown Thumb – HA! You crack me up.

    My nephews are trained to not disassemble the precious garden structures, however they are allowed to pick whatever they want and that doesn’t always end well. As long as they are having fun, I say.

  15. Dan
    DanJune 17,10

    Your pea brush looks great, glade I could help! Thanks for the linky :-)

    To answer your question about the beans, the head start does make all the difference. That said, you would get the same results starting them in peat pots as the rootrainers.

    I sowed them 3 weeks before outdoor planting time. Germinated them in a warm spot indoors. Once they started sprouting I put them outdoors under plastic until planting time.

  16. meemsnyc
    meemsnycJune 17,10

    Your pea plants look great!

  17. Genevieve
    GenevieveJune 18,10

    That is awesome, Stevie! I’m going to remember this tip when pruning. Looks gorgeous.

  18. Dirty Girl Gardening
    Dirty Girl GardeningJune 18,10

    Gorgeous! It looks really, really cool.

  19. Linda
    LindaJune 19,10

    Peas are awesome, can never have enough until you’ve got to shell them. Enjoy!

  20. Heavy Petal
    Heavy PetalJune 21,10

    Looks great! I tried non-staking peas (Sweet Anne from West Coast Seeds) this year. They grow to about 2′ high and therefore don’t need staking…however, I won’t grow them again. 2′ tall is still tall, and they just look messy and the pods are hard to find amidst the jumble. Plus, I like the added vertical appeal of a trellis!

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