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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Sugar Snap Peas & Bamboo Teepees

I'm trying my hand at gardening this year.  I made 2 square foot gardens (4ft x 2ft), and they fit quite a few plants.  The rest I am growing in pots, because I have such limited sunny space in my yard.  Flanking the sides of my porch stairs are 2 large pots with sugar snap peas growing steadily up toward the sun.  I usually use these pots for pretty flowers, but this year I am being a bit more practical.
 I filled the pots with organic potting soil, watered to moisten, then planted sugar snap pea seeds in each pot.  I soaked the seeds in water for a few hours before planting, then poked holes about 1" deep and plopped the seed right in and covered with soil. I kept the soil moist and covered the pots with plastic on top, using clothespins to keep the plastic in place.  It created the perfect environment for my seeds to germinate, and kept the squirrels out! I planted 12 per pot, but thinned them down to about 6 per pot once sprouted.  I planted them on the 12th of April, they sprouted in about a week.
Just yesterday I made teepees for them to climb on.  It was super easy.  4 bamboo stakes (bamboo is strong and cheap!) tied at the top with jute twine.  I'm not sure exactly how to tie the jute up the bamboo stakes to give the peas support as they grow, but I did my best:) I read that they like to grow straight up, instead of tilting in toward the middle, so I made sure the first row of jute is right above the little pea plants.  They are already starting to vine around the twine, I will need to add a few more levels of jute quite soon!
My girls love watching these pea plants grow.  They are right at the front of our steps, so they see it every day, and each day they grow at least an inch.  They "oooo" and "ahhhh" over the growth when they get home from school.  I can't wait to see little fingers snapping off peas and to watch them pop 'em in their mouths!  Hopefully the plants will stay healthy so this can happen...so far so good!
This post is linked to:
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Strut Your Stuff @ Jelllybeans & Fireflies
Thrifty Thursday @ Tales From Bloggeritaville
100 Ideas @ Beyond The Picketfence
Make It From Scratch
The Finer Things Friday @ The Finer Things
Metamorphasis Mondays @ Between Naps On The Porch
Motivate Me Mondays @ Somewhat Simple

13 comments:

  1. You'll be surprised how tall these get. Mine were about 6 feet tall last year :)

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  2. what did you grow them on? my package said 4 ft...what happens if they get taller? can I train them to grow back down the teepee?? can you tell I'm new at this? lol.

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  4. Good start on the little pea plants.
    Hope you get peas-a-plenty !

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  5. I must have too many projects going on at once because there is only 1 plant in my garden that I would consider "thriving". Good job!

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  6. I'm really enjoying your blog and have just joined as a member. Please come by and visit with me when you have a chance.

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  7. LOVE those. I am thinking of making a kid/grown up sized teapea using beans. I thgouth itd be fun for my kids to play in during summer.
    Well done! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!
    Leigh, Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  8. What a great idea, to use pots for planting in, and to use the bamboo as trellises! I think I'll try this! :)

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  9. Look fab... I'm growing sweet peas in the similar way

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  10. Looks great! THey are going to be beautiful! :)

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  11. What a great idea! I'm bookmarking this to do in our garden!

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  12. Love the teepee idea! Very cute :)

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