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Gearing Up

April 20th, 2015

Yesterday was beautiful and I wanted to spend as much time outside as I could. After putting up a low tunnel to protect my seedlings from the week of rain and cold nights we’re supposed to have, I headed back into the woods to clear out a few saplings. These saplings will be used to make bean and pea towers, just like the ones I used to have in Ohio.
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It’s always nice to be able to procure garden supports without spending money. These are perfect because the saplings need thinned on the back hillside anyways. Killing two birds with one stone is always the most efficient way.

What kind of supports do you like for beans/peas and other climbers?

4 Comments to “Gearing Up”
  1. Gretchen NC on April 20, 2015 at 6:25 am

    I’d like to know also what people use to support tomatoes??

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  2. Nebraska Dave on April 20, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Susy, rain, beautiful rain has been falling here in Nebraska over the weekend. My rain gauge says that a total of 1 1/4 inches fell on Saturday and Sunday. We have just about hit our average rainfall for April. It’s still a bit early to put out plants permanently in the garden just yet so lugging them in and out is a daily chore. The bucket in basement system may not be the answer to the early tomato plan. Lugging five gallons of wet dirt up and down stairs is not an easy task. It does work out a few unused muscles, that’s for sure.

    I do have a wooded area that produces a source for saplings but all my beans are bush and my tomatoes have donated wire supports to hold them up. It seems that folks start gardens for a couple years and then give it up when they decide that’s it’s too much work and well, weeds are nuisance when they can’t be sprayed with weed killer. Then there’s little yapping urban dogs that like to dig in garden and neighborhood cats that like the special cat box just for them. It all brings urban dwellers to a point where they go back to grocery shopping at the store and give me garden donations. Yea!

    Have a great gearing up day.

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  3. carol on April 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I have a new thing I’m going to try this year. I made some 5 ft. tall round cages out of cattle panel which I will place into a bucket with holes cut out in the bottom and lower sides (not sure what size bucket yet) in the middle of the cages where I will water them. I will also place a few large scoops of compost in the bucket. I will plant the tomatoes around the bucket within the cages. This way I won’t be splashing water on the lower leaves and the water will be going right where it should, to the roots. Hope this is clear.

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  4. carol on April 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Of course it’s not clear, but once the button is pushed it’s to late. What I mean is I will put the bucket into the middle of the cage and plant around it.

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