Introduction

a finished trellis in a pot
Photo: Karen Bussolini
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Connecticut gardener Thyrza Whittemore uses dark-gray beech branches in big containers to support colorful sweet peas (or try growing other tender twiners, such as morning glories or black-eyed Susan vine). While any hardwood cuttings can be used, a beech’s flat branching structure creates a conveniently tidy form. Sweet peas can reach 6 to 8 feet in height, so size branches accordingly.
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    Tools List

    • gloves
      Gardening gloves
    • hand trowel
      Trowel
    • bypass pruners
      Anvil pruner

    Shopping List

    1. Branches, which can be gathered, or can be purchased at garden centers for about $20 for a bundle of 20 to 25

    2. Terra-cotta pot

    3. Potting soil

    4. Twine

    5. Seedlings