Gardening

Beans – No Beans

pottery bowl filled with fresh green beans

I am in a harvesting war with some critter or multiples thereof.  One day I have succulent beans needing just a touch more sun-filled nutrients to go from too small to just right which then disappear, leaves and all, with only bare stems remaining.  For years we grew our beans vertically in a true square foot gardening technique but they always seemed to develop a late summer rust as our garden has just barely enough but not quite enough sun plus the added inconvenience of growing so tall so as to be out of my five-foot, five-inch reach.  Several years ago we reverted to bush beans and, while taking more room in our six – four foot by four foot raised bed squares, they have always produced.  And, this year too, we have produce it is just that something is beating me to our crisp haricots verts, despite the fence. 

Summer gardening versus neighborhood fauna – the war continues. We may have to revert to trellises.

One thought on “Beans – No Beans

  1. It’s an ongoing battle here – deer, rabbits, packrats (which are the WORST), regular mice, birds of various kinds. I gave up trying to keep vegetables going here, especially when you add in the lack of water in the summer, but I miss home-grown things. Our local organic farm does a good job but sometimes there’s something to be said for fresh-from-the-garden that same day!

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