Sunday, April 29, 2012

How To Build A Pea/Bean Trellis (during your child's nap)!

(thank you to my 5 1/2 year old daughter for snapping a quick picture of me)

I've had this post ready to go since December, if you can believe it.  I remember this day (December 9th) because it was unseasonably warm.  My snow peas were really taking off and I needed to create a trellis.  My design last year didn't work so well, so I needed a new plan.  I took my son to the lumber yard that morning, purchased a few 1x2 boards, some cotton twine, and drilled this together later that afternoon during his nap.  I can't seem to find the picture of the peas right before I tore them out last week, but they were growing far over the top!  So this simple trellis held the weight of 32 snow pea plants.  And this is an eco-friendly design, no plastic or metal wire used to guide the peas.       
Here are the plants in mid-February:  

-7 1x2 boards
-Cotton twine
-Small saw

How To:

1.  Drill two of the boards onto one side of the bed
2.  Secure the first two boards with a third 1x2
3.  Add two more boards to the opposite side of the bed.
Measure and saw a small piece of board and secure to the end. 
4. Add another long 1x2 to the side
and repeat on the other end: saw & drill to secure
Continue adding cotton twine as the peas grow.  
Shared on: Fat Tuesday


  1. gfe--gluten free easilyApril 29, 2012 11:37 AM

    I'm convinced now ... you need to have your own television show! I think it should be called, Amber Does It All and So Can You! You're amazing, girlie--love this post and snow peas. :-)


    • Hi There Shirley,

      You're so funny! I only wish I could do it all! My list is a mile long. :-) I have to say though, I do love working with the drill. My husband bought me one 10 years ago and I was hooked from the get-go. But I'm far to impatient to do any detailed work, so this is where my husband comes in (he's great at those exact measurements). On anything elaborate, we make a good team; I give him the design and he creates it for me. Of course, I'm in there using my drill and help with the dirty work (because it's awesome)! :-)

      Hope you're having a beautiful Sunday sweet friend.


  2. You should have a TV show-you do it all! I can barely find time to bake, blog and be a Momma :) Thanks for an awesome post. You have a plethora of yummy vegetables growing in your beautiful yard!

    • Okay Ladies, you're really too kind. This was so super easy, seriously!! :-)

  3. Tessa Domestic DivaApril 29, 2012 6:14 PM

    I'll have to take a picture of my pea trellis to share...I don;t have raised beds, so it is a bit different w/ no wood to screw into!

  4. I was just talking to my husband this morning about building a trellis for the tomato and basil plants in the front. I need the trellis more for the tomatoes than the basil. Your idea is perfect! How fortunate that I looked at your e-mail today. Thanks.

    • Thanks Laura! Glad I could provide some inspiration for you. Good luck and happy drilling.

  5. Debbie @ Easy Natural FoodMay 7, 2012 9:07 PM

    Love it! Girl power all the way! But seriously...I must try this myself :)

    • Hi Debbie. Woot! Thanks. So, so easy! I can't stress this enough. :-)


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