We all know what a pea seed looks like, right? Basically a shriveled up PEA! (see garden peas below). Snow peas are slightly different with a smoother, whiter appearance (see below) and sweet peas are a surprise with their dark, almost black coloring (not pictured).
As they grow larger, pea vines (both regular and sweet and everything in between) will twine around and around whatever they can find. You can use a traditional trellis, or something as simple a string to guide the pea vine, but in our new garden this year, we have decided upon branches woven into a trellis as pea guides. While we might have to use small twigs to get the peas going up and around the big lattice pieces, we plan to cover this puppy in beautiful pea vines.
Note that the box has no bottom, so it serves as a raised bed planter, allowing the pea roots to go deep into the soil. There was NO garden prep however. The box went straight over grass and weeds and in went a bunch of compostables (banana peels, coffee grounds), finished compost and then some bagged potting soil. By the time the roots get down to those bottom layers, they will have had time to die (the weeds) and compost (everything). SO much easier than till-till-tilling the soil, particularly if you are growing just a little bit!