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Project by justjoel posted 09-10-2012 09:18 PM 1252 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, my co-worker/friend/seed supplier, Jay, brought me in an open package of Scarlett Runner Beans. I had never heard of nor seen them before. They were beautiful, huge things – and after a bit of research I found their history and story rich and beautiful as well.

Jay, a newcomer to Northern Nevada gardening (who lives in a very challenging area of Northern Nevada, gardening-wise), tried to direct-sow his; they rotted, never took. I sprouted my 12 seeds in paper towels in a zip-lock, like we did in 3rd grade. As you can see, I had a little more success. I feel bad for Jay (well, mostly).
:-)

(Didn’t expect them to start off white.)

This area was hard to photograph for some reason – too much contrast between light and shadow, I think.

I wanted to put some sort of Golden Egg thing at the top of my re-purposed 2×4/conduit bean stalk/pole thingy, but couldn’t come up with the right materials. Will try again next year and see who figures it out as they walk their dogs or on their way to the park.

Somehow, I knew Poot would find his way up there. Silly old Poot.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell



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MsDebbieP

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posted 09-11-2012 12:36 AM

I spy a green thumb!

Oh Poot…. you have claimed the mountain! Bravo

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 09-11-2012 08:49 PM

I love the scarlet runners. Your have certainly “run” well. Mine did not grow so high, but I have a good harvest, finally. We went a long time before the copious amount of flowers actually got fertilized. I have gathered a few of the seeds for planting next year. I like the teepee that you’ve built. Maybe I should try something like that next year to get more height.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Harold and Pam

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posted 09-12-2012 02:11 AM

My goodness, that’s amazing. How many beans do you expect?

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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posted 09-12-2012 12:32 PM

Your scarlet runner beans look wonderful climbing up the bean tower. And I am happy to see that Poot made his way to the top! I always get such a sense of playfulness from your garden. Great job!

What do you have growing at the base of the tower, cucumbers?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 09-12-2012 03:43 PM

That’s a Musquee de Provence pumpkin – heirloom from France. One of two sites I have it growing in, though planted rather late. (And, yes, Poot is coming to the Heirloom Expo with me.)

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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posted 11-30-2012 09:16 PM

Is this is your front lawn? very cool btw!

-- Scott, NiagaraCollege

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justjoel

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posted 12-22-2012 11:04 PM

Making use of the pole during the holidays…

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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MsDebbieP

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posted 12-23-2012 10:13 AM

people will ask …. “was there always a tre there???”

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 12-23-2012 04:25 PM

That’s the idea!

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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posted 12-23-2012 05:16 PM

You are so clever! It looks wonderful, Joel.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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MsDebbieP

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posted 12-23-2012 05:24 PM

beautiful… beautiful….

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Iris43

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posted 12-23-2012 05:30 PM

Joel, I have grown scarlett runners, but they never looked as good as yours. Wonderful!

And how amazing your tower looks all decorated for winter and the Christmas season. I love it!

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 12-25-2012 03:25 PM

Nice effect, JJ. I had not thought of decorating the obelisk. It looks great!

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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