Garlic in pots
QMy runner beans have just finished in two big pots so I plan to remove and renew half the compost. Can I plant garlic in one pot and sweet peas in the other? Sue Mann, via email
ABy all means replace half the soil in your two pots in which you grew runner beans. But before doing so, remove the bean roots.
Ideally, replace spent soil with a nourishing mix of John Innes potting compost No2, mixed with a quarter part, by volume, of well-rotted manure.
Stand pots on ‘feet’ to ensure that surplus moisture freely drains away and set sweet peas and garlic cloves 6in (15cm) apart.
If necessary – when temperatures dip and hard frost is forecast – wrap pots with two layers of thick bubble plastic to stop the roots from freezing.
Garlic is an ideal crop for container growing