Build a rus­tic climb­ing frame for sum­mer flow­ers with Emma Mitchell

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As the grow­ing sea­son gath­ers pace, any sweet pea seedlings you have grown or bought will need to be trans­ferred to their fi­nal po­si­tion in your gar­den. They will need sup­port as they grow. This sim­ple, rus­tic obeliskshaped struc­ture looks re­ally ef­fec­tive in a mixed bed, and it’s thrifty, too. Edi­ble peas, run­ner beans, morn­ing glory or clema­tis can also be trained up your obelisk, and you can make sev­eral of dif­fer­ent sizes to use among your plant­ing. You will need: • At least five hazel, wil­low or other sturdy branches, around 2-3 cm in di­am­e­ter and 1-2 m long (you can for­age for these in hedgerows) • Se­ca­teurs • Gar­den twine • Scis­sors

1 Re­move five branches from your gar­den or a hedgerow us­ing the se­ca­teurs – en­sure they are all sim­i­lar in length, with­out side branches. Cut one end of each branch into a point.

2 Choose a sunny spot in your gar­den and push your branches into the soil, equidis­tant from each other, to form a cir­cle. Pinch the tips to­gether to form a wig­wam-like shape.

3 Cut a piece of twine about 20cm long and tie the tops of the branches firmly to­gether. Tie the end of your ball of twine to one of the twigs, just be­neath the top of your wig­wam.

4 Re­lease a lit­tle twine from the ball and pass it be­hind and then around the next twig. Re­peat, mov­ing round and grad­u­ally down your wig­wam to the base of the struc­ture.

5 Tie the twine se­curely at the base. Plant the sweet peas (or other) along­side one of the branches and watch as they grow through the sum­mer months to cover your wig­wam.

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