Spring is here!!! I just planted some sugar snap peas yesterday - along the bamboo and stick trellis that I put up a few weekends ago. The trellis looks like yet another crazy project that KMc is doing - neighbors wondering what the hell I'm up to now. My father has a bamboo patch in the backyard - and to contain it's overgrowth he cut a bunch down and brought us some 5 foot bamboo sticks. Paired with some U-shaped bamboo garden stakes from Home Depot and a bunch of random sized and shaped sticks from the backyard - we've got a very happy climbing place for our sugar snaps. The whole thing is tied together with strands of monkey grass leaves. To give a little dimension to the backyard, the trellis acts as a seasonal screen as well.
The kids LOOOOVE sugar snaps. During the summer, they eat them up right off the vine as their first course- and no better way to get your veggies in! Last year I grew a fast growing sugar snap - they were too tiny, and we didn't get too many. This year I got a Ferry Morse brand. Turns out I could've planted them as early as January - however, it's been a cold winter here in Georgia -so it's probably a good thing that I missed reading that part of the package. In addition to the "crazy trellis" (like "crazy quilt") I planted a bunch in the garden beds. Well, it's been about three weeks since I put the remainder of last year's seeds into the raised beds - parsnip, beets, radishes, carrot, spinach, arugula - and spaces that were left empty by non-sprouters - I filled in with a tomato cage and about ten sugar snap seeds.
You'll see that I'm a big haphazard gardener - one day I might learn. Well, it's all a learning process - it's delicious and fun --and it's my therapy (saving me hundreds of dollars!!!)
Note: Photo is from Drew Lachey's idea room from HGTV's Showdown. The room divider inspired my sugar snap trellis - but instead of birch I've got bamboo and dogwood tree branches.