Erect and plant your trellis as soon as the ground can be worked. Plant tender plants, like peas, on it now and then, if it is strong enough, use it to plant your winter squash and gourds for a fun trellis in the fall.
Erect trellis or supports for all tall varieties before planting. Supports can be as easy as twine and bamboo polls, or hog wire and stakes to create a tunnel. Check out easy ways to build your own trellis HEREor grab this pre-made one below. (Receive a discount if it will go in your school's garden)
Sow seeds in the early spring 1 to 1-1/2 inches deep and 2 inches apart. Consider sowing again for a fall crop.
Planting Peas - A Nutritional Powerhouse! Strictly speaking, green peas are not vegetables. They are part of the legume family, which consists of plants that produce pods with seeds inside.
Green peas contain just about every vitamin and mineral you need. They are especially high in Vitamins K, A, C, and protein.
English Peas English peas should be planted as soon as the garden can be worked. Pods must be shelled first by snapping off the end and pulling the fibrous string along the length of the pod. 'Maestro', and 'Patriot' are popular dwarf varieties. For your tunnel use tall types, like 'Lincoln', and 'Wando'. Edible-Podded Peas Great for the school garden and your tunnel, snow peas are usually harvested when they're young, crisp and flat, before the pods have filled out. Most varieties will begin producing 63 to 72 days from planting. Try 'Mammoth Melting Sugar', or 'Oregon Sugar Pod II' varieties. Snap Peas Snap peas are picked when the pods have filled out and eaten pods and all. Popular varieties include 'Cascadia','Super Sugar Snap', Sugar Snap Pea.
Bohemian Seeds is a great source for local open pollinated seeds. Grab the Purple Podded Tye Dye, Magnolia Blossom, & Green Beauty snap peas, Golden Sweetie snow pea, and Alaus Blaushockker shelling pea. To buy these seed easily, email themHERE.
Purple Podded Tye Dye
Magnolia Bloosom Pea
Receive a 25% discount on this Trellis - For School Gardens ONLY. Email Holly at gardeners.com for more details.
You could also DIY by following these simple instructions given by Modern Farmer https://modernfarmer.com/2015/06/3-ways-to-build-a-hog-wire-trellis/
Give it a try and send us your pics or tag them #schoolgardens