I have some Blue Lake Stringless pole beans in my garden. I built an 8 foot
tall trellis for them to climb on. They very quickly shot up to the top, and
now I have 4+ foot of vines waving in the air above the trellis, for a total
length of ~12+ feet. Is this normal? How do you normally grow pole beans?
I feel that way sometimes. I have sunflowers pushing 15 feet, they tower way
above the corn. My tomatillos have hit 6-7 feet tall, and I no longer have
pathways between the rows - they weren't supposed to get so tall! My pumpkin
vine is an easy 20 feet long in several directions. And yet I can't get okra
or cucumbers to grow worth squat...
Lebanon, Oregon. About 20 miles or so SE of Salem, Oregon, mid Wilamette
Valley. This used to be a river bottom, so the soil isn't bad, but it rains
so much I think a lot of nutrients leach out quickly. Plus if you dig down a
foot or so you quickly hit rock. OTOH, the water table is only 10 feet or so
down, so deep rooted trees can sink their roots into the water easily.
Some things just grow like crazy, a few things don't grow very well. People
ask me what I do, and I just shrug because all I do is water every now and
then. After 15 years of garden hell in Vegas, I'm loving it! My backyard is
a forest - my kids get lost in the garden....
Doesn't sound like a problem to me :-).
What I do is put up a trellis/cage/fence (usually closer to 4 feet
tall although I guess some of mine are closer to 8), and when they get
to the top of it, just let them flop over (in other words, do
nothing). At least for me, they don't really wave in the air so much
as grow sideways or fall down, so that might be a slight difference.
If they really stay 12 feet in the air once they have fruit, you'll
have a hard time picking them.
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