Peas are a great cover crop for your garden and in this blog post I am sharing why and how you should make a trellis for your pea plants.
This is a sponsored post thanks to True Leaf Market. All opinions are my own.
My family loves gardening, but over the years it has been a struggle.
It’s hard for kids to plant their favorite seeds over and over and they just don’t come to life. What we didn’t know was that our soil was very unhealthy. I did some research on how to make our soil healthier and I found that cover crops were the answer!
After some tinkering on the True Leaf Market Cover Crops website, I found peas were a good choice for us to start growing.
Peas are a great cover crop to add to your garden!
Why do you want Cover Crops?
Cover crops improve soil by protecting existing soil, contributing organic material, fixes nitrogen levels and adds nutrients, and keeps the soil alive year-round to ensure healthy composition.
Since we don’t have a ton of space we chose to plant peas. They’re a really hearty plant and are highly adaptable to different kinds of soils.
Peas are planted in the spring and here in New Jersey, we often can see frosts and cold temperatures right into late April. This year, it was into the beginning of May. Peas are able to tolerate the cold temperatures.
How are we growing our Peas?
With a trellis! Peas are very lightweight, so you don’t need anything very heavy or sturdy to help trellis your pea plants.
Here are some ideas of things you can use to trellis your pea plants:
- tomato cages
- a teepee made out of bamboo
- chicken wire
- garden fencing
We are using left wire caging. Your Trellis for your pea plants does not have to be anything fancy! In fact, you probably already have some stuff in your shed or garage that you can recycle into a trellis.
Peas are super easy and fun to grow. They grow fast too! From planting to sprouting only took about 1 week!
Like I said, we don’t have a lot of space, so we are growing our peas vertically. Peas generally don’t need a lot of space and by growing them vertically you are able to save even more space.
As peas grow, their tendrils or side shoots, vine out and will wrap around anything they touch.
My kids love to watch how the peas climb up the trellis!
If you find that your pea plants are going rogue and not climbing up your trellis, simply give them some help by tucking the leaves around the trellis.
Why should you trellis your pea plants?
- Like I said, trellising your pea plants saves a lot of space.
- It makes it easier to harvest your peas.
- Helps to prevent mildew and diseases since air can flow freely through the plants.
- Helps to protect your pea plants from rabbits and other animals since they are off the ground.
If you are looking to purchase seeds or other gardening items, I highly suggest checking out True Leaf Market!