After a couple days break from the garden to do food shopping, I returned to it today with some glee to build a cage to punish the ever-so-naughty sweetpeas.

Bet that made you look twice, didn’t it?

😀 Last year i built a tomato cage that was very stable, far more stable than the conventional triangular type row of canes that i’d built for the sweetpeas a few years before, and since i had some leftover bent canes, i set about today building a similar cage for the sweetpeas. Its very tall, and makes a good barrier between the main garden and the dumpingground side garden, as well as providing something of a windbreak for the rest of the garden.

youve heard of the naughty step? this is the naughty cage, for plants that dont behave!

you've heard of the naughty step? this is the naughty cage, for plants that don't behave!

I’m pleased with it: its stable, and i think with some bean/pea netting stretched and tied over it it should provide a really good stable support for not only the sweetpeas but the morning glory i’ve sown inbetween the sweetpea plants i’ve put in the ground.

The sweetpeas were sowed back in March (17th, to be exact), in loo roll tubes, and have been planted, loo roll and all, straight into the ground. Ipomea (morning glory, a relative of bindweed) doesn’t like to be moved/transplanted so i sowed that direct, a little late, as it needs to be sowed by the beginning of april but hopefully it will catch up.

small sweetpea seedling. It should take off now its in the ground.

small sweetpea seedling. It should take off now it's in the ground.

tomorrow; pricking out nasturtiums, planting out sugar snap peas, meteor peas, broad beans and older nasturtiums, building pea supports and sowing french beans…

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