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August 4th, 2011

A Twig Fence for Peas

kathy_tnThis 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.

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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

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