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Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 21:20

Hi Verdun, I think I want them all in one place, but if I put only one plant per cane I'm going to need 9 canes - is that too many for one wigwam?

Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 19:27

Yesterday I bought 3  White Lady runner bean plants, about 25cm tall.  I also have 6 sweet pea plants which are about 15cms.  I wondered about growing them up canes, 2 sweet peas at the bottom of the first cane, then one bean at the bottom of the second, and so on.  But I'm not sure whether to put the canes in a row at an angle to the fence, or in a wigwam.  How far apart should they be, and which method is the easier for picking all those gorgeous flowers and veg?  One other thing, as both flowers and veg need picking very frequently, should I scatter something like Strulch around the area where I will be treading, so as not to leave earth all over the lawn and patio when it's wet?

Clematis montana to cover a 5' high fence

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 23:11

Oh thanks, Obelixx - always lovely to have pics!  By the way, are you as knowledgeable about obelisks as you are about plants?  I can't decide which one to choose for my sweet peas!

Clematis montana to cover a 5' high fence

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 22:14

f I want the montana to cover a 15' or so length of fence, would I need one plant or two?  Actually about 6' of the fence doesn't really see the sun as it's shaded by trees and faces north west, so perhaps it wouldn't be a good idea to try and get the montana to cover that particular bit.

Clematis montana to cover a 5' high fence

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 22:10

Salino, your pic of Wee Willie Winkie is gorgeous!  I must have a look out for that one.

Clematis montana to cover a 5' high fence

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 09:26

Obelixx, could I use plastic netting on the fence as a support, or would that not be strong enough?

Clematis montana to cover a 5' high fence

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 23:26

I once saw a montana that covered a fence about 5' high and and 15' long.  It looked beautiful and I'd love to grow one on one of my fences.


This is the photo I took of it.  Is there a variety that is less rampant than some or can you keep it from getting too high by pruning it after flowering?

Calling all Agapanthus Aficionados

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 23:06

There was a Specialist Nurseries Plant Fair at Harlow Carr today, so I trogged along, and who should be there but Mr Agapanthus himself - big Steve, from whom I'd bought my plants a week ago!  He said I should pot them on into 6" pots, then when I'm ready to put them in the garden, I should cut the bottoms off the pots and bury them pots and all into the earth "as they like to be snug". That may be  anew idea for you WW, tho' I'm sure yours must look magnificent in their pots.

Chicky, I also bought some special Agapanthus food from him which is much higher in potash than tomato food apparently.

Gardens to visit

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 22:35

There is also online the National Directory of Open Gardens, all raising money for charity.



Gardens to visit

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 22:26

Tilley, you can always pick up from your local garden centre/ public library/TIC etc.a free copy of the 2013 NGS Open Gardens guide for your county/area.  Then you won't have to keep hopping onto the computer.

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