snow peas: to trellis or not?
I have several kinds of snow peas planted now. Some I got at the feed & seed for half what I paid elsewhere. I haven't trellised any of them. I don't mind flopping the bush from side to side to pick them all. The ones I got locally look much better than the others. Smaller, more compact plants, surprisingly upright even without a trellis. one of the others has larger stems that are much more fragile. And sparse on the peas as well compared to the others. They're either Oregon Giants or Mammoth Melting.
Would trellising make a big difference other than possibly making it easier to harvest? I'm not even sure it would make harvest easier because I'd have to make a pass on both sides of the trellis. As it is, I do two rows at one time, going from side to side as I work my way down the row.
Out of 400 row feet, I got 6.5 pounds for the first pass. I have 200 feet of the less productive peas that weren't ready yet. And another 200 feet that were planted a month later. I think I'll stick with the local seed next year.