Bicycle Pea Trellis

While loading bikes for the Village Bike Project (great folks!), Tom came across this old frame–a vintage Robin Hood stepthrough from Nottingham, England.  Lovely bike, beyond reasonable hopes for restoration. So he took it home and hid it on the side east side of the house until he was brave enough to tell me that he wanted to use it for a pea trellis.  He knows I am not fond of “gimmicky” structures in the garden.  What’s next?  Old boots planted with strawberries?  But since he thinks I’m too controlling about the garden (me?!), I had to prove him wrong by pretending to be excited about the bicycle trellis.  And I have to admit, it’s kind of cute.

We planted Cascadia and Sugar Sprint snap peas, and Oregon snow peas.  As always when planting peas, I added a few sweetpeas here and there to mingle, adding a bit of color and beauty.

This was a sweet little bike in its day, with its 3 speed Sturmey-Archer thumb shifter , and its traditional stretched leather saddle, now a skeleton.

Even if I don’t LOVE it, it really does make a perfect trellis, and it will soon be covered with peas–nearly invisible.  I’ll post a photo of the bike trellis in its future glory.

Update: here are the before and after photos, showing it twined with lovely peas.


  1. Dana

    It will look so charming covered with peas! I’m not a huge fan of garden kitsch because I’ve lived near neighbors who used things like old toilets to grow their zucchinis in. That’s just not cute to me – it’s gross to look at! The bike is much better.

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