Conventional wisdom (and instructions on seed packets) say plant peas (and sweet peas) as early as possible – don’t worry about last frost dates or any such nonsense. Peas don’t mind. OK, I procrastinated this year, hemming and hawing, worried about rabbits, effort vs reward, location….I had any number of reasons (excuses) why I didn’t get any peas in the ground.
Finally got my act in gear when I was gathering all the maple saplings I had cut late last fall and left scattered in the woods through winter. Maple is such great wood, I didn’t want to just toss the 10 – 15 foot stems into the fire pit or even chop them up into kindling. I wanted to use them for something first, then chop them into kindling.
Riffing off last year’s Morning Glory tuteur project, I decided to build a small trellis to stand against the house and grow sweet peas, regular peas and a late cucumber vine or two. My better half did much of the work, chopping the saplings to size and tying up most of the criss crossing branches.
I added a few extra branches and then ‘planted’ the whole thing against a west wall, next to the rain barrel (for easy watering).
For mulch I used chopped up stems and stalks of last year’s perennials (instead of hauling them to the compost pile) – if you look closely here you can see bits of Sedum spectabile.
I think I’ll add some short buckthorn stems next – in an attempt to deter rabbits from nibbling on the shoots as they appear. I’ll let you know if that works!