Best support for tall peas?

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Best support for tall peas?
« on: February 09, 2019, 10:54 »
I was thinking of growing peas up a support made from one piece of pig netting/chicken wire etc.
But after watching a few videos on YouTube showing a row of Alderman on full throttle, I think one thickness would be overwhelmed and growing inside two would make them difficult to pick.
How do you support rows of tall peas?

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Re: Best support for tall peas?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2019, 11:23 »
One thickness of chicken wire should be fine and take the weight no problem.
I have grown several types of tall pea on my frame- Champion of England, Magnum Bonum, Sutton's Purple Podded etc all with no problem.
This picture gives an idea of the set up I use.
I encourage the peas to grab hold of the chicken wire with some twine stretching across at intervals.

« Last Edit: February 09, 2019, 13:45 by AnneB »

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Re: Best support for tall peas?
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2019, 13:05 »
I put up the kind of frame built for runner beans, but with the poles further apart. The wire mesh/netting up the middle. Peas planted either side of the mesh/netting.

You will have to tie string along the outside poles, as they grow - about a foot apart, to keep the pea plants upright though, as they aren't that good at supporting themselves on a breezy day.
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Re: Best support for tall peas?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2019, 17:22 »
I've found the best method was to grow my  peas such as alderman up hedge poles from a hedge that I  cut in the winter the peas seemed to attach themselves without any probs however its not always possible to get these poles but  I have had good results from old scaffold net three strong post's one each end and one in the middle depending on the length you require


a good wooden rail fixed across the top of the post's from end to end then drape the net over the top I also use this method for my runner beans but instead of scaffold net I use bamboo canes never had it fall over even when its very windy weather


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Re: Best support for tall peas?
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2019, 17:54 »
And make sure whatever you use that the prevailing wind cannot catch it and push the whole lot down... there have been several years we had to put guy ropes on the pea supports to lever everything upright again  :lol: :lol:
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