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The vigorous growth of many herbaceous perennials and climbers often needs a helping hand to prevent them flopping onto neighbouring plants or over the edges of lawns and paths. Putting plant supports in place early means they even the most obvious
Follow Joe Swift's step-by-step video demonstration to making your own rustic plant supports for climbers, from bamboo canes.all year roundMore on plant supportsCreating a metal obeliskConstructing a hazel trellisMaking a spiral plant supportSupporting
willow canes through the circle, so that they form a cross shape to support the plants.Stick four bamboo canes into the ground and thread the circle on top, securing it with string, to finish off your support.More garden DIY projectsMake a slate planter
should be able to buy all the ingredients for your plant support from a garden centre or DIY store for less than £10.Galvanised wire1.5m bamboo cane45cm terracotta potWire cuttersCompostIvy plantall year round30 minutesCut a 3m length of wire and bend
Learn how to grow your own supply of tender, succulent peas, in Monty's video guide. Monty recommends a particularly good long-podded variety and shares advice on soil preparation and seed spacing.springMore on growing fruit and vegRead Jane Moore's blog on growing mangetout and ...
.Most peas are best grown with support, such as pea netting or twigs. They are pretty enough to grow in ornamental borders so they're worth growing even if you don't have a vegetable plot.Pea seedsSeed compost if sowing indoorsRoot trainers or toilet roll
A long, supple woody stem, often used to support young or fragile plants.
A thread-like part of the stamen, which supports the anther.
The practice of supporting young or fragile plants, by loosely attaching them to canes or stakes driven into the ground.
Aerial roots grow on the stems of plants, such as ivy. These may be used for support or the uptake of air and moisture.