I'm new here so firstly want to say hello!! My OH and I brought a house
with a teeny tiny garden last August and have been slowly working on it.
Got some nice young plants in and haven't killed any yet (touching lots
However, I have grown some sweet peas from seed in little trays and
they are getting quite strong and are probably ready to grow. My
question is... do I need to put bamboo stakes in or can I just put
garden wire along the fence? I have no idea other than they need a lot
of support (apparrently??)
Has anyone any suggestions? Thx in advance!
In my limited gardening adventures:
I have only grown the climbing vine types. The wigwam structure was best
for me for peas and beans. Birds tend to stand on the fence wire and
poop all over the plants. With the wigwam there is only the center for a
bird to sit on and poop. For the bush types, I am not sure if any
support is needed.
I never could get peas or beans to grow well from seed trays. The roots
always grow right through the bottom and into the mats when the the true
leaves start to come out, making it a mess. I always plant peas and
beans directly into the garden.
Enjoy Life ... Dan
Email "dan lehr at comcast dot net". Text only or goes to trash automatically.
hello! My first post too - I hope it's of some use to you. Sweet peas
will grow and cling to anything that they can wind their 'tendrils' to
but to get the best from them it is worth considering the following:
a) pinch out the tops from the young plants when they have grown two or
three true pairs of leaves-this will encourage a bushier plant
b)they prefer to grow up something and can get to 8' high.The support
should be sturdy - they do not like to be 'rocked' about too much.
c)They like a deep root run with plenty of good compost incorporated
and must be kept well watered during dry spells.
Welcome. Jump right in. You'll find some squabbling going on...no big
deal. Kinda like a big party, mingle, find yer corner and crowd and
settle in and ignore what/who doesn't suit ya'. ;-)
Sometimes ya' have to remember....
"All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb
Ding Dong........Welcome Wagon!
Stick around, speak up, speak out, ask questions, poke sticks in eyes
when necessary.....it's a good place to hang.
Oh, and don't mind Billy....he is a goodun, IMO.
Some say otherwise. ;-)
Sweet peas are not heavy plants and a very light support will do. I don't
know what garden wire is, but it sounds fine to me. I support my sweet peas
by stringing pieces of twine horizontally between poles, with about 4 inches
between each piece of twine.
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