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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:54 pm    Post subject: sweet peas & containers Reply with quote

Hi everyone. I have a patch of sheep wire fence that runs along the length of the lawn. I look at bare wire fence and just want to throw sweetpeas at it but I cant dig up the lawn or do anything to create a bed (ground is lousy++) so I was thinking of using containers. The next problem though is that I only have a thin gap between the edge of the lawn and the fence. if I use large containers my husband's frenetic ride on mowing will result in accidents, cracked plastic and smashed pots. They also might not be too attractive to look at..

I was thinking of using plastic veggie troughs that I usually use for growing salad leaves. I'd say they're about 15cm-20cm high and about 10-15cm wide but are nice and long. Would these be big/deep enough to support a sweet pea for the season, and what could I do to give them the best nutritional content in the compost used in the containers?

The sweetpeas themselves were planted in my little greenhouse a few weeks back and are coming on a treat.

Thanks for advice
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes and tomatoe food also keep deadheadding them for repeat flowering
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I don't think they are deep enough. Sweet peas have quite a lot of root which they like to spread
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have my sweet pea seed just planted in pots. Will be putting them into large pots to go either side of the back door,
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well if we got a summer , keeping them moist maybe a problem (holidays), thats alot of watering, the whole fence.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pollen jim wrote:
well if we got a summer , keeping them moist maybe a problem (holidays), thats alot of watering, the whole fence.


Pollen Jim has a point there. You might have to run a soaker hose along it.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the advice. I'll go ahead on an experimental basis - might just do a shorter length of fence this year and see how it goes. WIll let you know if it works out. Thanks again
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