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Post by warlock1 on 1st March 2013, 4:40 pm

what kind of climbing bean structure does everyone use .
I am thinking of doing something different this year as i want to have one sixteen foot row of runner beans and one sixteen foot row of french climbing beans .
i am thinking of using tripods at the end of the rows with nets stretching end to end. with two canes spaced at intervals to keep the nets taut .what method does everyone else use?

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Post by Chilli-head on 1st March 2013, 5:08 pm

I use canes and cable ties - more rigid result than twine, although not so eco friendly. I use either wigwams or a long, flat sort of wigwam (what's it called ?) with one cane per two seeds.

This does take a little bother and a lot of canes, but it is easy to cut the ties off, pull the canes out then gather up the debris for composting. Getting climbing beans out of a net at the end of the year sounds a bit of a task ?

One year, when just about every garden program on TV was doing it (in raised beds Rolling Eyes ) I tried the "Three sisters" approach used by native Americans for squash, beans and maize. IMHO, hopeless. What they overlook is that the varieties the Indians used for this were maize and beans for drying. That means you can leave it, come back in autumn and collect the lot, not have to be fishing in to try and pick your sweetcorn out of the tangle. Now I draw upon the idea and grow two of the "sisters" together - squash under beans or sweetcorn. Works well for me.
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Post by freebird on 1st March 2013, 6:26 pm

Chilli-head wrote: Now I draw upon the idea and grow two of the "sisters" together - squash under beans or sweetcorn. Works well for me.
Oh! I thought I had invented that! I've been growing courgettes under my sweetcorn for years, mainly due to lack of space, and the fact that they like similar conditions. Caught out last year, though; the courgettes were so magnificent and huge, and the sweetcorn rather poor and small, that the corn plants didn't wind pollinate successfully cos the courgette leaves were in the way.

I have a permanent frame for runner beans - a large galvanised affair that looks somewhat like scaffold poles, or extra large plumbing. It's been there for donkeys - I use garden twine to tie large bamboo canes to it (in my best girl guide square lashing).

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Post by Dandelion on 1st March 2013, 9:24 pm

Thanks for those comments FB and CH - really helpful, as I too had wanted to try the Three Sisters approach. Now I realise that two is better than three, I'll try squashes under beans as you suggest. I like the idea that squashes spread out, while beans travel up, thus making the best possible use of the available space.

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Post by Sparhawk on 10th March 2013, 8:36 pm

For a few years now I have been using a "V" shape as opposed to the normal "A" shape in rows, this year though I am thinking of finding a way to put some old bike wheels on top of poles & growing outwards in circles still in the "V" shape figured I may be able to get more in per row...

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