How to plant out your climbing plants

In this video I show you how to plant out climbing plants such as sweet peas, mangetout, peas and beans that need support as they grow.

I talk you through the different types of support you can give them and then show you how to plant so they can easily scramble up the frame you’ve given them and give you a great crop.

Make sure to check your last frost date and that you’ve hardened your plants off before planting your plants outside.


These plants are going to need support because if you don't support them they'll just sag onto the floor, the slugs will get them and you won't get any flowers or veggies.

Here are a few ideas for things to grow your climbing plants up:

  1. Trellis- I'm growing mine up some trellises attached to the back of our seating area with the aim of creating a wall of flowers. You can get fence panels that are trellised t grow plants up, these are great if you want to conceal a less than desirable feature in your garden.
  2. Wooden stakes and netting or mesh- For my sweet peas I am using wooden stakes and netting to create a tunnel.  I am hoping this will create a lovely walkway where i can go and just be enveloped by their scent.
  3. Wigwam or teepee- you can use bamboo canes or hazel poles to create a wigwam for your climbing plants to scramble up. This is probably the cheapest and simplest method, ou just need some canes and some string. I show you how to make one in my IGTV video here.

What sort of plants like to climb?

Veggies- peas, runner beans, broad beans, french beans, mangetout.

Flowers- sweet peas come in lots of different colours, cup and saucer vine  are lovely purple or white cup shaped flowers, climbing black eyed susan which are lovely delicate orange flowers with black centres.

How to plant your climbing plants

  1. Once your climbing structure is in place and secure dig a hole at the base of one of the supports.
  2. Your hole should be twice the width and depth of the plant that you're putting in. This is because you want to loose soil around the edge of the plant so the roots can easily penetrate the ground when looking for water and nutrients.
  3. Ideally, you want the level of the soil currently on the plant to be level with your ground.  if you plant is a bit leggy i.e. tall and skinny then you can make the hole a bit deeper and put the plant in and back fill with soil up to the lower leaves.
  4. Now using a mini trowel, or old tablespoon lift the plant out of its pot or seedlings tray.  The spoon is useful because sometimes they can be quite well stuck in the pots.
  5. When you are lifting the plant out, try and hold it by the leaves if you can to protect the delicate stem.
  6. Then sprinkle a handful of Blood Fish and Bone, which is a fertiliser into the bottom of the planting hole and then using your hand mix it into the soil, up the sides and in the bottom of the hole.  This will give it a head start and ease its journey into establishing itself in the garden.
  7. Place your plant into the hole and angle it, so it's growing towards the supports and backfill with the soil.
  8. Give it a good drink of water even if its recently rained or is currently raining. Create a puddle around the plant which will mean that the soil around it settles down around the plant roots and gets rid of any air pockets. This allows the roots to easily take up the nutrients in the soil.
  9. And thats it! As your plant grows tie it in to the supports to help it climb as high as it can and it will reward you with lots of food and flowers.


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