DIY Sugar Snap Pea Mini Trellis

Mother’s Day is just a week away, friends! Have you thought about what you are going to send your sweet mom? I got to thinking about what I could give to some of my mom-friends that was meaningful and purposeful. As I was tinkering around in the greenhouse, I noticed a few extra pots I had on hand, as well as a nearly full bag of Sugar Snap Pea seeds, and thought how neat it would be to either give a sweet pea mini garden! A lot of my friends don’t garden (or can’t garden because of HOA’s… seriously?!?!?!?) but enjoy the benefits of fresh produce, so I decided to whip up a couple of pots to see how it would work. Here’s what I built:

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And here are the supplies I used:

  • A large pot, (use one 12″ in diameter or larger)
  • Potting soil
  • 1 large rock
  • Sugar snap pea seeds (you could also use pole beans or any other lightweight vining vegetable or fruit)
  • Field wire (or chicken wire would work too)
  • Wire clippers

And because my husband and I are a bit on the “pack-rat-ty” side of things, we just happened to have all of these items on hand, which made my frugal little heart so happy!


I started by putting my large rock in the bottom of the pot for stability and then filled it with potting soil. Then I added the seeds. Using the spacing directions on the back of the packet, I used the end of a sharpie marker to make the holes and then dropped the seeds right in.Then I buried them and watered them. Going to my field wire,I eyeballed how much wire I would need to make a tall cylinder shaped cage (or trellis) for the peas to climb. I snipped it, and formed the tube shape, using the loose ends of the wire to securely attach it. I made the trellis about 2 ½ feet tall, about the height of mature sugar snap pea plants. Then, I snipped the bottom piece of wire off the tube, making “prongs” and pressed the prongs into the dirt, making sure the trellis was nice and straight. After about 10 days, this is what it looked like:And then after about 17 days later, it looked like this:And as time goes by and Mothers’ Day approaches and passes, the vines will continue to grow and little peas will start to fill in. The recipient doesn’t need a garden to grow this…simply a sunny spot on the front porch, back deck, or even in a bedroom, a little bit of water, and a hungry family to feed. This is a Mother’s Day gift that gives throughout the entire summer!
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