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?