Plant supports for beans and sweet peas

by Pippa Greenwood

The wigwams are both attractive and sturdy, and made by my son using recycled bamboo canes and his own ball of string.

Making plant supports for beans and sweet peasThe weather has been pretty grotty lately, and I've had to grab every possible opportunity to get out in the garden. I don't think I've ever been so far behind with sowing and planting fruit and vegetable crops.

This time last year my courgettes were planted out and in flower. Admittedly it was during the mini heat wave and I was experimenting to see just what I could get away with. But this year there's no way I'd dare put half of my young vegetable plants out into the wilds of the garden. Who knows what could happen to them รข?? they might be blown away or even drowned!

But, during occasional bursts of sunshine, we've been in the garden doing what we can. In their own plots my two kids have been hard at it. Last week, while I was busy trying to get to grips with some compacted soil around the raspberries, they were preparing the ground for planting. I soon noticed that the last of my sweet peas in pots had disappeared (they should of course have been planted out ages ago). I found them planted in my children's plots, complete with home-made plant supports. According to my children "when the beans grow they can use the wigwams too", because "you did say that sweet peas help to encourage the bees to pollinate them".

The wigwams are both attractive and sturdy, and made by my son using recycled bamboo canes and his own ball of string. This is just a gentle reminder that we could all benefit from a little more initiative in the garden from time to time.

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Gardeners' World Web User 07/05/2008 at 00:13

Cool another example doing things the old fashion way. netting on frame is better option for peas since it allows more efficient use of space.

Gardeners' World Web User 10/05/2008 at 22:17

Sorry but after years of picking up and trying to salvage the many "wigwams" I've built for peas and beans i took the advice of a fellow allotment holder (of some 92 years) and drove in some 6 foot stakes, fence wired between them and now i can pick from both sides with ease and haven't had any more downfalls - from the prevailing coastal winds which we experience in our neck of the woods. As old George used to say "leave wigwams to the red Indians"!!

Gardeners' World Web User 23/05/2008 at 23:16

Wigwams are great for those of us who have no transport to the allotment, and can't lug 6foot stakes around.

Gardeners' World Web User 19/06/2008 at 09:45

I am hoping your expertise can help me I have a problem with my peas which were supported by 6ft stakes but have now outgrown them and are becoming top heavy and breaking down at the top. There are quite a few fruit bearing flowers which I fear may now die, no low down flowers. What is the best thing for me to do now - does anyone have any ideas and was I supposed to do something to stop them becoming too tall (must be in excess of 10ft)? Many thanks in advance for any advice.

Gardeners' World Web User 23/07/2008 at 07:46

I have grown runner beans for many years, but this year the flowers are falling off before the beans are formed. This is very disapointing, is there anything that can be done?

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