This spring I planted ‘Oregon Giant’ and ‘Super Sugar Snap’ peas on woven “fences” made using the long, straight sprouts from box elder stumps. I love finding uses for cutting down these weedy trees and this gives me the opportunity to cut more stump sprouts (and apple tree water sprouts) every year. I cut the sprouts in lengths of about 4 feet and shove about 6 inches or so into the soil. I arrange them diagonally in both directions about 3 to 6 inches apart, making overlapping X’s and weaving them back and forth. Just make sure you put the top end into the ground or they may actually re-root. Once the fence is set up, the tops can be trimmed to even it out if wanted.
This photo was taken in spring, but I’ll be using the same technique when I plant my fall peas. I think we got 3 pounds of pea pods and almost a pound of shelled peas from the 10-foot double row of ‘Oregon Giant’ peas. Yum! —Kathy Shaw, Neenah, Wisconsin