You’ll quickly notice the simple design of this pea trellis. It was conceived using some basic ideas and some scrap wood from another project that never materialized. If you’re a reader of our site, you’ll find that we always appreciate using recycled and/or sustainably harvested woods for most projects, where possible. It just so happens that many outdoor projects, whether they be a potting bench, garden trellises like the one here or a garden bench, recycled wood makes for a great look.
It’s hard to fake or age wood quite like how Mother Nature does it. We appreciate this principle and take it into account whenever we can when building new projects. In many cases, you’ll want to use new lumber for building a pergola or other patio cover structure, but you can certainly use other materials, like stone and masonry or alternative building materials as well.
In the case of this bean trellis, it was a simple matter of pure function. Okay, that’s not entirely true, we do like how it turned out looking, too! It’s very quite simple to build and you can see how just by looking at the few photos here.
The small raised garden beds that we have at home are great for growing things like herbs, tomatoes and peas, like what we made the homemade trellis for. Just behind the trellis is actually an artichoke plant (or two) growing. This photo was taken in mid-February in Arizona – a great time to plant in that climate zone!
How To Build A Trellis
This is a fairly simple task if you are trying to reproduce the trellis for peas in this photo. All we did was cut some old wood we had laying around (1″ x 2″s) to length and then bought some chicken wire from our local home improvement warehouse.
Cut the chicken wire to fit the width, length and height (it came in a 2′ x 10′ roll, so one dimension could be a single span of this) of your trellis frame and screw the frame together to sandwich the climbing wire between it for the peas to grow up. Done!
- scrap wood (1″ x 2″) – cut to length
- drywall screws (1 1/4″) – 24 would be more than enough
- chicken wire – 24″ x 10′ roll purchased for ~$8.00
If you want to build a trellis like this, make sure that you extend the ‘posts’ or legs beyond the bottom of the frame so that you can stake it into the ground. Many trellises for peas and other garden plants, like tomatoes, are triangular-shaped or have some sort of ‘lean to’ configuration. This is probably a good idea, time will tell if ours will hold up to the weight of the pea plants growing up the trellis. Our legs extend 6″ into the soil.
Additionally, the legs are made of wood, so we might encounter some rot if the plants produce for any length of time. We could have used re-bar for the legs as well, but drilling a hole into the bottom of the frame would have been necessary in that case.
The piece of wood in the foreground that extends the whole length of the photo (left to right) is the leg. You can see on the right side how it extends past the bottom of the frame. That bottom piece – just above the tape measure – is screwed to another piece that is between the two legs/posts forming the ‘sandwich’ around the chicken wire. The middle and top pieces are made in the same fashion. The one piece of wood that you see resting on the trellis is showing how it just fits between those ‘rail’ members and is screwed through the chicken wire creating to the other leg member.
This pea trellis that you see above the soil is 30″ wide x 24” tall (6″ for the legs into the soil). All in all, a very simple project that not only provides a fun little weekend morning build using some scrap materials, but also provides a very functional and attractive looking pea trellis in your garden.
For under $10, you can’t really go wrong – in fact, you’ll have plenty of chicken wire left over to build another one (maybe two). Learning how to build a trellis like this is a great starter project you can even do with a handy child helper.