Notes from a Flower Farm: Growing and Arranging Sweet Peas
In our latest column from Marigold and Mint, Katherine Anderson shows how to plant and harvest sweet peas (including how to create a lattice wall) and how to arrange these delicate flowers into sassy summer centerpieces.
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Preparing the Trellis for the Sweet Peas
It takes a lot of work to get to the point where the sweet peas are blooming and I can cut them for the shop.
In the spring, after the fields have been tilled and the beds shaped, we build the trellis. Six-foot tall metal stakes are pounded into the ground, spaced 20 feet apart. We stretch a plastic grid (we use Hortonova) between the stakes, looping the top of the grid over the top of each stake, then threading twine taut along the top of it all. To tighten it up further, I sometimes wind twine through the mesh, around and down each pole. Sometimes, I also need to trim off a row or two of the grid on the bottom, bringing it up about 6 inches from the soil.