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Beans poles, sticks or trellis

Posted Apr 28 2011 4:26pm

Runner Beans need poles, sticks, trellis or mesh to climb up and provide support.  

bamboo-wigwam

bamboo-wigwam

 Plastic supports last for years and tend to be stronger than bamboo canes. 

bean-support

bean-support

 When the beans are mature, they will have a great mass of foliage, which is heavy, particularly when it is wet following rain. Therefore the supports need to be strong and firmly in place.

Wigwams are fun – but require a boy scouts’ knotting technique.  Suttons sell a plastic ring which hold the canes firmly in place for just over £3.

plastic ring

plastic ring

Thompson & Morgan have a similar wig wam cane grip - about £5 for 2.

wigwan cane grip

wigwan cane grip

 Hazel poles make a strong support for runner beans and climbing french beans.  

hazel-pole

hazel-pole

Hazel is said to be ’sustainable’.  This is because it is a cut & come again plant – traditionally coppiced when the poles are a useful length & left to grow again.

The bean plants do not have to be tied to the pole. They find their own way to the pole and then twist themselves around it. 

french-bean

french-bean

Now is the time to get organised & find the supports that were put away at the end of last season, or source some fresh bean poles, sticks or trellis.

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