Ah, spring is here! Can you see it past all of this rain?
Time to start getting the garden ready. I’ve been a busy gal pulling mint, crab grass, and crazy strawberries that have run amok. Never again will I plant mint unless in containers. And I now vow to cut off any strawberry runners that I find from my strawberry plant. The garden was a mess.
What keeps me going is knowing how much my kiddos love eating sugar peas straight from the vine. Each year I make a simple trellis with broken tree branches, bamboo or wire and then I get surprised in July when the peas climb till they take the whole apparatus down. Not this year…I have a plan. Remember this picture from my gardening post in Feb?
The kids and I tackled the pea trellis this spring break. I looked online for ideas and came across this project from vegetablegardener.com. I liked most everything about the trellis. I liked how simple it is to make however I tweeked it… I added lots of color and I used twine rather than wire mesh so it can be easily cut down at the end of the season and it saved me some cash.
First I gathered all materials. I purchased 6 1x4x8 boards and three inch hinges for a total of $20. I used 1 1/4 inch screws I already had laying around in the studio. I also used twine, paint and sealer I had already at the studio. I cut four pieces of wood 3 feet long. Then I cut four pieces of wood 5 feet long. I also cut some feet for the trellis. See vegetablegardener.com for a pdf of the process. I drilled holes for my twine to attach on the shorter 3 foot boards. Then I set the kids to start painting the pieces.
It was nice to have the kid’s help. I also painted the tops of the trellis with “Peas if You Please” and “Mind Your Own Peas and Cukes”. After all sides of the wood was painted I screwed the frame together. Then I added a sealer to protect it from the elements.
You can see here how I made a growth chart for the peas. It has a mark for measurement with little statements like “just sprouts” “tweens”, and “retired”. It’s such a fun addition to the trellis since the kids will have lots of fun measuring the growth and reading their findings.
After the sealer was dried, I then recruited Mr. Wonderful to help me tie up the twine for the trellis. It took a while to add all those strings but at the end of the year it will be a cinch to cut it down and compost it. Then I’ll simply fold and store until next year.
What’s your favorite thing to eat out of the garden?