pea supports

I grow in raised beds in our allotment. So far crops have been good but however I support them they collapse and are difficult to pick. Any suggestions?

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  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    I don't grow them myself but how about  chicken wire with bamboo poles put through the wire into the ground.  It would be a lot firmer than string. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,473

    Take a look here http://pryorfrancis.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/pea-sticks-my-favourite-job-of-the-year/ (if you watch Timeteam you'll recognise Francis Pryor) - I've not grown peas for some years and when I did I lived in the countryside where I could get  faggots of hazel pea sticks from the chaps who cut the hedges and coppiced the hazels.  They are absolutely the best way of supporting peas.  

    Other types of twigs will do, but hazel are undoubtedly the best as they are flexible yet strong.  The thing is it's probably difficult to get them at this time of year, but next winter ask around in the countryside ....

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  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    I recently cut out a load of cob nut sticks earlier on in the year, do you think I'd be able to use those Dove from above ? I have stashed them to use as plant supports if suitable. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,473

    I'd use them Peanuts - if they don't have lots of little twiggy side branches then you could get some other twiggy sticks and put them amongst the cobnut sticks to build up some layers, as in Frances Pryor's photographs.  Should be fine. image

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  • GWRSGWRS Posts: 7,007

    Personally I use sticks/bamboo canes with netting for my peas to grow up on the allotment and it works fine

    Just can't get hazel twigs

  • Twiggy sticks haven't worked for me but we are on an exposed site and most things blow over. Bamboo and netting sounds worth a try.
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