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  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,189

    For pea's I'm trying canes crossed in the middle this year with a wooden rectangular frame at the top, which the canes are attached to, to strengthen the structure. This has two long wooden lattes nailed to the middle of the shorter sides and driven into the ground by about 1ft. Read about the idea in a book. There are 5 canes either side.

    I also grow beans up one side of three arches over the garden path. The other side has a selection of climbers. Sounds like a lot of beans but I grew 2 to 3 plants of different coloured pods last year and had a colourful display of purple, green, yellow and red/cream pods reaching over the arches creating a lush green canopy.       

    I've discovered some new varieties to try this year, Lablab beans have perfumed flowers which flower in different colours so ideal for growing by a path. Black eye cowpea's leaves are edible, can be cooked like spinach and the beans driedimage.  

  • Madeleine51Madeleine51 Posts: 98

    image What's happened to the good old Streamline variety of runner bean this year?  Have they become obsolete? Am now regretting not saving the seed from year to year.  Just goes to show, it makes sense to save favourite varieties of seed in case manufacturers decide to discontinue them


  • ninnin Posts: 216

    I have runner beans growing trellis and evetually over an arch at the edge of the drive . will replace with rapberries in the autumn but hopefully will make a nice living screen to border the lawn if too many grow will give away.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,189

    I've planted sweetpea with peas this year on canes which cross in the middle and noticed this evening the sweetpea are a tab bit confused as to which cane to grow up were the canes crossimageand needed a helping hand so have been tied in to the right one.

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