My pea seedlings are romping away and some of them are even flopping over they are so big. So when I was out walking yesterday and spotted some twiggy branches lying on the ground after a windy night, I took the opportunity to gather my first harvest of pea sticks.
Pea sticks are a must for every avid pea-grower. You push them into the ground around your peas and the tiny seedlings cling to them for support thus keeping your precious harvest off the muddy ground and away from slugs. It’s ingenious really.
Of course you can use netting to support your peas, or even bamboo sticks with string tied around them but pea sticks, au naturel, are my favourite.
If you don’t live near the countryside, or just don’t want to walk around carrying an armful of sticks like a crazy woman then you can always contact the Forestry Commission as they do pea stick gathering days at this time of year.