I just put up a l2 foot tipi of four poles to grow pole beans. I've
grown bush beans for years, but never pole ones. Woodchucks have made
me give up on bush beans where I live now.
The poles are each 3 inches in diameter at their bases, and taper to
about two inches at the top. The poles are 4 feet apart at the bases.
Do I need to use twine/string attached to the tops or are these poles
thin enough for the beans to wrap themselves around the poles?
Dumb question, probably, but pole beans are all new to me.
Thank you for any help with this, and any other tips on growing pole
I suspect the beans will twine just fine. Sometimes I run a bamboo
across from one teepee to another and dangle strings down for a line of
pole beans to grow up. I think they'll grow up anything!
I do love Italian pole beans. Last year I got an accidental second
planting of them when I missed some pods, they fell and reseeded! I had
lovely fresh green Italian beans in October (or was it November?). I
called them my miracle beans.
Enjoy your pole beans!
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Just curious, but how do you intend to keep the woodchucks from eating
the pole beans? They may never get a chance to climb...and even if
they do, woodchucks are pretty good climbers (I've seen them in mulberry
trees, eating the leaves)
Those are pretty big poles! I've seen pictures of setups where large
poles are used with strings running from the top of the pole down to
the ground in a circle. Or no strings, but slimmer poles together at the
top and spread out like the frame for a tipee.
I think with poles that size you might want to pegging in some strings
in between them.
The nicest thing about pole beans is that most of the picking doesn't
involve any stooping. Keep them picked regularly. Let a few pods
mature so you have fresh seed for next year.
I have a variety that was given to me 20+ years ago that I save seeds
from every year. Flat pods, large pinkish-brown seeds. Very tender,
even when the pods are fairly mature (bulging with tiny beans).
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the solution to critter
problems from ants to deer is HOT peppers. I use Habeneros. My son
recently discovered some ants have moved into a tree. This morning I am
taking a gallon containing a quart of molasses (50% sugar) and water,
heating to mix the molasses and the water, and spreading it on and
around the tree. Then I will sprinkle Habenero pepper on and around the
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