Gar­lic in pots

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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

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