Putting Up the Bean Poles

It's safe to say that our hazel bean poles are coming to the end of their life. You can tell this by the fact that every second one Andrew pushes into our soil -- which has improved vastly after seven years of mulches, digging and then no-digging -- snaps. Well, when we say snap, think more four letter worded snap. The kind that sees a fortysomething yell at the remaining stump of a bean pole left in the ground. We had around seventy hazel poles when we went over to them some years back and they have survived longer than any bamboo cane we've ever used. Safe to say, sage to say, that this is the final year for them and we may have to cut more next year or invest in some more.

gardening, life on pig row

There's a reason we use hazel poles, they're more robust and when you have a six foot four, sixteen stone ape with a wide backside and wider feet in the beds you need something that will take a little bashing. The little bashing comes in the shape of Little D. We've tried various ways to grow our runner beans over the years, from the string system to variations on the three sisters as ornamentals. We've even turned our hazel poles over to a sunflower house. Yet, growing beans always promises the dream of pickling them and eating them during winter and with the new kitchen under way, we may have better storage this year. Hazel poles are the promise of summer to us and with all the rain recently, the garden is getting lusher and the hedges taller. They're seven foot in parts and need a drastic cut in August. This is a far cry from the open and exposed views we once had.


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