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Compost for runner beans and sweet peas in a pot

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 14:43

Thanks both.  The pot is now planted, so I'll wait and see what happens.  My neighbour keeps rabbits and just on cue he came round with a pot full of 3 year old rabbit manure and told me to put it in the bottom of the pot - so I did!  I'm not very optimistic about the sweet peas actually as they were very potbound and I had difficulty separating them with enough root.  If they don't perform well I shall remove them and let the runners delight and amaze me on their own!  I have other sweet peas elsewhere.

Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 11:00

Hello, Busy-Lizzie - I knew I could rely on you for a quick response.  The pot is about 16" deep so the canes should be well anchored.

Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:35

I've now decided to put the 3 runner beans and 6 sweet peas round a cane wigwam in a 19" pot.  But I'm not sure which is the best compost to use - multipurpose, J I no.3 or a mixture?  

Also can you advise on what to feed them and how often.  Thank you  

Compost for runner beans and sweet peas in a pot

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:19

I have some runner beans and sweet peas that I'm going to plant round a cane wigwam in a large plastic pot.   I'm not sure which is the best compost for this - multi purpose, J I no.3, a mixture of the two?  

Also when and how often should I feed them?  And with what?

I've never done this before, so I would appreciate your help - thanks! 

Can we talk about viburnums?

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 09:11

I'll take that as a no, then.

Good structural plants

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 08:00

I have been advised to begin planting up my east and south facing borders with structural plants, so I'm looking for ideas for the loveliest climbers and shrubs for the back of the borders, which are surrounded by a 6' high fence.  My colour palette is mainly white, pink and mauve.

I also need to get some structure into the middle of the borders - plants of differing shapes that would be between 3' and 4' tall.

I have some ideas of course, but with your vast experience you can help me to choose the most reliable and beautiful varieties    Fragrance is important to me too!

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

Using polystyrene worms in containers

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 11:50

Thanks Bob, that makes sense.  I'll use pea gravel for stability.

Using polystyrene worms in containers

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 11:09

Hi all!  I was wondering if I could use those squashy polystyrene worm shapes that are used for packaging, in the bottom of a deep container so that I don't need to put so much compost in it.  The pot is 50cms wide at the top and it is 41cms high.  I'm planning on putting a wigwam of 3 or 4 canes in it and growing runner beans and a few sweet peas for pollinators.  Do you think those plants will need a full pot of compost, or could I put a layer of polystyrene worms in the bottom?  I don't want them to affect the drainage or have an adverse effect on the beans!

Can we talk about viburnums?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 22:08

Thank you everyone!  Has anyone got Viburnum x burkwoodii Anne Russell, Mohawk, or Judii?

Can we talk about viburnums?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 09:12

I'm looking for a fragrant Spring flowering viburnum.  Do you have a favourite?

Should I go for evergreen or deciduous - or even semi evergreen, whatever that may mean! 

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