Get Growing : Getgrowing_5 Oct 2012
your ideas: bean frames feedback 5 6 I NB OX POTS & STAKES I had fun constructing this (above) last year for my snow peas. I bought: A 10-pack of 1.2m bamboo canes ($6.11 from Bunnings); 2 x 7cm terracotta pots with the drainage holes drilled larger to give strength to the two crossed canes ($1.99 from Mitre 10); 6 x 4cm terracotta pots, also drilled to fit the bamboo (99c each from Mitre 10); and 3 rubber tree ties to hold the cross bar (99c from Palmers). Colleen McCaw MAGIC MESH I have several climbing frames in my garden. One consists of netting between sturdy poles while the rest are made from reinforcing mesh. The mesh was sourced second hand and I like it better than chicken wire. Jean Kirkham, BOP OUT TO DRY We use old rusty clothes horses. It saves throwing them out in the inorganic rubbish collection. Margaret Smith FENCE ‘EM IN I grow peas against our hen run which is made from chicken wire. Lori Sinton, Tauranga SOFT TIES I grow my climbing crops in a tub with four crossed bamboo rods. I use old pantyhose cut in strips to tie my plants as it doesn’t bruise the stems. Viv Graham, Wellington TREE PRUNINGS • For stakes, I use long, straight elder branches. If cut when dormant they don’t usually sprout. Mary Zajkowski • To support dwarf peas, I use 1m shoots pruned from the base of our tall bay tree. I poke them in the soil in two parallel rows, criss-crossed, with another pruning laid horizontally across the top. Claire Gummer ‘Tis almost the season to sow runner beans. We asked you for your cheap and cheerful suggestions for staking your climbing crops.
12 Oct 2012