Outdoor Fun

Grow Your Own: Sweet Pea Tepee

I adore sweet peas as they are beautiful and they have a strong stunning fragrance. During the past couple of years I have started to grow flowers in the garden, previously I had just focused on growing food. Although It’s hard to keep on top of both the vegetable garden and the flower beds, I always squeeze in time to build something fun each year. This year I made this sweet pea tepee for my daughter Mia. This is in our little nature area, so now there is a place for Mia to sit and watch the birds and butterflies.

I built this in the spring, so I don’t have any step by step photos – but it is easy enough without (trust me😉).

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Firstly, I ordered a pack of 10 1.2m bamboo canes from Wilko and some brown twine on a roll– the roll is so much easier when you weave in and out of the canes. The last thing that is required is the sweet pea seeds. I purchased mine from Lidl, but these are also available at Wilko if easier to do in one shop.

As you can see it can be made for such little cost. We had an old wooden cable reel in our ‘upcycle pile’ amongst a load of pallets (we are fans of pallet projects here). We used this reel for seating, but originally I had planned to have a walk-in tepee.

The bamboo canes arrived tied up so I left the top bits of twine attached (still on the canes) and cut off the rest. By keeping the top connected, you can already make your tepee buy spreading the canes apart evenly into a circle shape leaving a wide gap for the entrance (when you try it you’ll see just how easy it is). I moved mine around the cable reel which was added support, but it’s fine without as long as they are pushed into the soil about 10cm (each cane).

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The next step is to secure the top of tepee; wrapping twine around and into a tight knot. This is where the twine on the roller is a great help; weave in an out of the canes horizontally (if you look in the above picture inside the tepee). I found weaving rows in separate pieces of twine worked best to avoid it slacking. I left a few inches in-between rows. This was an exciting stage for me as the base structure was completed.

Now the fun begins.. I have hard clay for soil so I wasn’t optimistic if anything was going to grow up the tepee, so I even planned on covering with fabric if nothing happened. I dug around the outside of the base of the tepee (not very much just enough to plant the seeds). I put a few seeds in each hole I’d made then covered with a handful of compost.

I also added a small Jasmine climber (I bought for about £3 in Morrison’s) at the back as it’s evergreen, so I thought there would be colour all year round. The jasmine seems to be so slow growing though so I imagine it will start to climb up after a few years.

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Within weeks the sweet peas started to climb up the structure. I also grew some sweet peas indoors in case they needed to be added (and I used them in other areas on the garden). I used some soft plant ties to connect the first few to the twine to train them in the right direction.

I added some bunting for some colour before the flowers appeared – which Mia picked.

Then the next thing I knew it was covered in about 6 different colours. The scent is stunning and Mia loves sitting in there watching the wildlife… and playing dinosaurs 😁

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This is the back view of the tepee
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One happy explorer!

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I told my Nan about this project on the phone today, and she explained I need to pick the flowers so they keep flowering instead of going straight to seed, so I ended up with 5 large glasses full which have been placed around the house spreading their amazing scent . I have left some on though and plan to save the seeds to plant again next year (also love the look of ‘blue shift’ variety 😍)

So if you fancy one of these, go for it! Its budget friendly, easy to make and adds a fun for everyone even the butterflies.

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Jaimi x

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35 Comments

  1. This is such a cool idea! I love sweet peas. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Your welcome ☺️ It really was a stress-free fun project.

  2. Your pictures are beautiful and so are the flowers. I am really impressed with the place you have made for your daughter. It is so beautiful and it reminds me of “The Secret Garden”. This is very creative and can foster an interest in gardening and storytelling about what she does in her garden sweet pea tepee.

    1. Aww thanks Brenda. We do try and fill her time with adventures and have less screen time.☺️

  3. Gillie says:

    This would be so much fun. Sweet peas are so easy and pretty.

    1. They are super easy aren’t they, I never knew before. I will be growing them every year from now on.🙂

  4. This is darling! I would love to grow this in my backyard!

    1. Go for it Emma 🙂

  5. I love your tepee! That is too cute. I wish i could grow beautiful flowers, i cant even keep aloe alive. It’s horrible really. Sweet pea does smell good, it is one of my favorite scents.

    1. Thanks Leslie ☺️ You never know until you try. Sweet peas could be the one flower you can grow!

  6. This is such an adorable idea. It’s so cheerful and whimsical. We just moved and I have a ton of yard space so I might have to get my husband to help me make one of these!

    1. I’m glad you like it! It definitely adds a bit of fun 😊

  7. This is such a beautiful idea!

  8. What a cute thing to do! I love sweet peas, they are so pretty and fragrant.

    1. Thanks for commenting 😊They really are lovely.

  9. This is one of the cuttest things I have seen all day! Such a cool thing to do!

    1. It really was fun to build and I’m still picking lots daily.

  10. celebratingwiththebug says:

    I love the smell of sweet peas and I would love to plant some! I wonder in they would grow in South Dakota? I will have to check into this! 🙂 Cute idea!!!

    1. You could always try. I plant so many things that apparently don’t like my soil (says the seed/ bulb packet), and they have all grown really well.🌼

  11. This is adorable! I bet smells delicious! I’ve trying to keep plants in my house but I think I kill them with love 😀

    1. They really do smell good. I have been filling up vases daily since I wrote this, so the fragrance is indoors too. Try it Cynthia haha. I am better with outdoor plants really – the rain can water them in case I forget 😄

  12. That’s so beautiful and creative!! I’m not good with growing flowers but I’ve had some success with vegetables.

    Jane from http://www.thismamablogs.com

    My blog is about becoming a happy and financially independent stay-at-home mom

    1. Ooo I need to check that out thanks Jane!

  13. This is such a good idea! So crafty and I love how it’s colorful and perfect for summer.

    1. Thanks Claire! It is a great little hide out for the summer 😄

  14. lifeisjustducky2014 says:

    I love this idea! What a lucky little girl you have. I also really like you logo photo. I’ll be back.

    1. Thanks! Mia has always filled my pockets with daisies when we are on our walks since she was toddling along, so that’s where I got the name and picture idea.

  15. This is a beautiful idea, and a great way to create a summery garden vibe!

    Sophia x http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

    1. Thanks Sophia – We’re all about happy vibes here 😀

  16. How cool is this?!! I love this idea!! It truly makes the garden seem like a magical happier place x

    http://www.susanalopessnarey.com/americano-retro-style/

    1. I would love to turn this whole area of the garden into an enchanted garden, without disturbing the wildlife though. We have a hidden fairy garden too. x

  17. Sweet peas?!?! Here I come!!!
    I love love loove sweet peas.
    And you know what else?! Your style!!!
    So… what can go wrong if I will learn how to grow sweet peas from you, girl?

    1. Aww thanks! We’re still picking them daily here 🙂

  18. This looks like something I could try next year. It looks easy and would add drama to my garden. Thanks for sharing!

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