Runner Beans need poles, sticks, trellis or mesh to climb up and provide support.
Plastic supports last for years and tend to be stronger than bamboo canes.
Wigwams are fun – but require a boy scouts’ knotting technique. Suttons sell a plastic ring which hold the canes firmly in place for just over £3.
Thompson & Morgan have a similar wig wam cane grip - about £5 for 2.
Hazel poles make a strong support for runner beans and climbing french beans.
Hazel is said to be ’sustainable’. This is because it is a cut & come again plant – traditionally coppiced when the poles are a useful length & left to grow again.
The bean plants do not have to be tied to the pole. They find their own way to the pole and then twist themselves around it.
- Now is the time to get organised & find the supports that were put away at the end of last season, or source some fresh bean poles, sticks or trellis.
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