Bamboo trellises support a variety of edible and ornamental plants in the Back40 garden including tomatillos (Physalis philadelphica and Physalis ixocarpa); black cherry tomatoes and pretty flowering nasturtiums at the base of the trellis.
An expandable, powder-coated steel trellis drops into your pea patch in a matter of seconds and adds a splash of color to boot. It’s best to add pea supports just before planting, so you can place seeds precisely. Once peas break through soil, withhold water slightly (don’t let plants wilt) during the early growing time. This causes the peas to root deeper into soil. Peas tend to be shallow-rooted plants, which makes them more susceptible to drought and heat. Deeper roots help prolong the harvest season, as does a 2- to 4-inch mulch layer over soil around vines. Use a trellis like this to give peas a lift in spring, and when summer comes, draft it for supporting tomatoes, cucumbers or flowering vines.
When growing vines, you’ll need to find a suitable trellis for the plant to scramble up. Look online or in quality garden centers for a variety of pot-size plant supports. The most important thing with any support is that you’re able to anchor it firmly in the soil.