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Old 06-06-2016, 09:35 AM
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Default Peas

Anybody growing peas? Do you trellis them- run strings, wires or wire fencing- to keep them off the ground? Or do you just let them grow naturally, letting them support themselves on surrounding weeds & grasses?

I only have a small plot, about 30 plants, and find the yield is the same whether or not I put in the extra work of trellising & weeding or just them go.

How do the commercial growers do it?
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Old 06-06-2016, 12:56 PM
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I plant them between stakes, and I run twine on each side of the row to keep them from flopping over into the dirt.

I have never compared yields, though. Never thought to!
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Old 06-06-2016, 08:20 PM
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It depends on what variety I am growing. Up here, we find that Freezonian yields best, and it needs to be trellised since the vines are over 6 feet tall, but if I grow shorter varieties such as Knight, I often just let them run since they are only about 2 feet tall and they tend to grow together and support themselves. It should say on the packet or in the catalog description whether trellising is recommended/required or not.
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Old 06-07-2016, 11:16 AM
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We gave up on English peas because they're a lot of work for not much return for us. My grandma used to grow them and pick bushels of them. I helped shell them. Now we only grow sugar pod peas. We like them just as well or better and the yield is great.

We put up a concrete wire trellis. I hate climbing through a tangle of pea vines to pick them!
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Old 06-07-2016, 10:00 PM
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Old fishing net netting works good

I grow telephone peas that get 6-7' tall

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