Allotment Beans – the test results

There were some scoffers when we put up our bean supports – somebody even said it looked like a set of bunk beds. Oh you scoffers, eat your words!

The test is in the picking, and outward leaning bean poles, like ours, mean that all the beans simply hang away from the plant and can easily be seen. Bean wigwams, pretty as they are, tend to hide vast amounts of beans on the inside of the wigwam, so you have to poke around to find them, and risk damaging smaller beans that aren’t ready to be picked.

It takes two minutes to pick our runner beans from this structure compared to over ten minutes to pick one of the wigwams. And so far I haven’t found a single monster over-sized bean that has escaped detection until its reached Godzilla proportions, which has happened every other year when we’ve grown runner beans.

So the test is conclusive, outward leaning poles make picking easier!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, August 13, 2009


Blogger Joanna said...

Do we get to see a picture of your bean supports, I'm intrigued

August 13, 2009 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

You definitely do - I'm trying to load a picture and this blog is not cooperating - please check again tomorrow!

August 13, 2009 at 1:15 PM  
OpenID said...

this is excellent...I would love to giv it a go but don't have that much room..pity as I am always finding monster sized beans!!

August 14, 2009 at 11:50 AM  
OpenID nipitinthebud said...

what a brilliantly simple idea. I will definitely try this next year as being only 5.3 it's quite tricky to reach the top beans usually. I like the idea of beans dangling forward to help me out :o)

August 14, 2009 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Z said...

What a good idea - I have a single row of upright poles with wire in between for the beans to entwine round, but I think leaning ones would be better again.

August 15, 2009 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

Thanks for posting the pictures, I now can see exactly what you mean and it sure looks like a good idea. I think I shall have to post a picture of my wigwams on my blog as they are now towering ove,r even though I kept pinching the ends off.

August 16, 2009 at 10:24 AM  

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