Beans in the Garden
Trellises are better than poles for pole beans because the beans are easier
to gather. To make a serviceable one place 8' or 9' posts at intervals
of 20' and 15" to 18" in the ground, either before digging or after
plowing. Stretch and staple a No. 10 wire between them near their
tops. Next set light poles such as bamboo rods in the ground slanting
in two directions so as to cross one another near the ground
and at the wire. Finally lash them to the wire. Small gage, flexible
wire is more convenient than string for this fastening because it
need only be bent in shape. By having it cut in proper lengths the
fastening may be quickly done. After the trellis is finished, the
weather and the soil being favorable, sow seed thinly and as close
to the poles as possible so the plants may be cultivated mainly with
the wheelhoe. Plants of beans 12" or 15" apart and of limas 24"
to 30" apart will yield better than those closer together.
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