PRODUCT REVIEWS: PEA AND BEAN FRAMES (APRIL 23)

If you’re looking for a pea or bean frame, here is a range of kits that you can use year on year

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PEA AND BEAN DOMED FRAME

Available in three lengths 1.2m (4ft), 1.5m (5ft) and 2m (6½ft), this self-assembly pea and bean frame comes with, aluminium tubing, connectors, pegs, clips and jute netting. Dimensions: H 1.7 x W 0.75m  (5½ x 2½ft).

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GARDENING NATURALLY
www.gardening-naturally.com
TEL: 01285 760505
PRODUCT CODE: DOMEDPEA
PRICE: FROM £84.99

KG VERDICT
This kit provides a strong framework for runner beans, French climbing beans, sweet peas and taller varieties of pea. You could also use it for growing some squashes such as ‘Tromboncino’ and even smaller varieties of pumpkin. It is relatively easy to put together using plastic connectors but you will need to use a mallet to tap them home. The netting is made of jute which you can peg down (pegs provided). This is a versatile and sturdy frame, with an attractive arched design, giving you quite a number of options.

HARROD SLOT & LOCK® PEA SUPPORT FRAMES

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This pea support frame is available in four lengths, which can be used on raised beds or open ground. The sizes are 1.03m (40in), 1.65m (65in), 2.26m (89in) and 3m (118in). The self-assembly kit comes with galvanised steel ground pegs and 8cm(3in) knotted mesh to attach to the frame, which is made from 16mm (just over ½in) diameter aluminium tubing. These are held in position by plastic Harrod Slot & Lock® connectors.

HARROD HORTICULTURAL
www.harrodhorticultural.com
TEL: 0333 400 6400
PRODUCT CODE:  GPL-135 to GL-138
PRICE: FROM £65

KG VERDICT
A well designed kit with a study frame. It is relatively easy to put together, using a combination of plastic connectors and screws. The netting will last a long time and with an 8cm (3in) mesh size, it is easy to pass the hand through for ease of harvesting. It comes with 30cm (12in) galvanised steel ground pegs to secure the frame in place. It can easily be folded away for winter too. Best for short to medium height pea varieties.

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BEAN BUDDY HEAVY DUTY RUNNER BEAN GROW FRAME

Suitable for runner beans and French climbing beans, this kit consists of heavy duty 16mm (just over ½in) diameter plastic coated steel plant stakes poles. These are rust-proof, weatherproof and UV protected for use in all conditions. The Y connectors allow for flexibility of angles up to 45 degrees.

GARDENSKILL
www.gardenskill.com
TEL: 01902 725055
PRODUCT CODE: N/A
PRICE: £40.98

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KG VERDICT
This offers a sturdy growing frame suitable for runner beans and French climbing beans. It is very easy to put together using strong plastic connectors that join the rods together to form the uprights.  The horizontal rod clips into the Y connectors at the apex of each pair of rods. The plastic coating covering the steel within each rod will protect from rust. A robust and practical frame that can also be packed away over winter.

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