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Project by Jimthecarver posted 04-25-2013 06:13 PM 1423 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This year we decided to try our hand at growing a few beans. With a few 2X8’s and a bit of help from a close friend the job was fairly easy.
And waaa laaa a bean bed is born. The inside is lined with thick plastic to help with rot.
We used the store brand garden soil mix without fertilizer’s and mixed Azomite (rock dust) Pete moss and soil amend along with perlite and lots of worm castings.
Were using olla’s to water the beds, so far they seem to be very happy and thriving. Hopefully in an update they will have grown up the trellis and be looking even better.
Happy gardening
God bless
:-)

-- JTC



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Jimthecarver

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hardiness zone 8b

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Kindlingmaker

39 posts in 2134 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 04-26-2013 02:45 PM

This planter looks Great! It is artful and functional and is down right pretty! Good work!

-- I plant trees not to admire but for those that come after me... Zone 11

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erika

417 posts in 1677 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 04-26-2013 03:45 PM

Throw away the beans. Keep the planter. It’s gorgeous.

-- Erika, Hastings, ON

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Cindy

346 posts in 1339 days
hardiness zone 6

posted 04-27-2013 09:46 PM

You’re right Erika, it’s gorgeous – I keep looking at this, thinking what a beautiful seating arrangement it would make! Just envision that structure a little bit taller, with a bench under it and roses on it…I wonder if I could carve any more space out of my yard, lol…

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1152 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 04-27-2013 09:55 PM

Thank you,
I think it should be taller after hitting my head on it a couple of times.
You all are very kind.

-- JTC

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Radicalfarmergal

4300 posts in 1890 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 04-28-2013 12:16 AM

Your trellis is lovely and the beans will have wonderful support. Will you grow anything with the beans?

-- "...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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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1152 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 04-28-2013 12:33 AM

I hadn’t thought about planting anything else. I’m overjoyed we actually have something growing.
I will look at companion plants and the area they require.
Thank you for the thought provoking comment.
:-)

-- JTC

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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2628 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 04-29-2013 12:41 PM

What a beautiful “planter” ... or as I see it, a little garden bed as in SLEEPING, reading a book!!
Love it

ok and the the beans are a good idea as well :D

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

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TheUnkownChemist

2 posts in 472 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 06-07-2013 10:04 PM

For max production per sq ft try the three sisters; corn, beans, & squash. Plant the corn. When it is 4” high plant the beans(pole beans, kidney pinto, sweat peas, ...). A week later plant the squash(gourds, watermelon, honeydew, cucumbers zuchini(SP) so on… ). The corn provides support, the beans help provide nutrients and the squash shades out the weeds. It may not “require” much woodworking, but some creativity may find a way to make it wind resistant and protect from Hail. I live in Kansas and right after I planted my patio garden, that night in fact we had severe thunderstorm with hail and it sounded like a tornado went over but did not touch down. Also sunflowers are good for luring aphids away from other plants. Onions and garlic are good around tomatoes, and curley leaf parsley lures tomato horn worms away from tomatoes. Plant asperagus on a hill and place your compost pile at the top. Nutrients leaching out feed the asperagus which have 20 foot deep roots. I like Jersey Giants. I wish I could do more but siince the accident I have to sit to do anything or risk falling. I tried the hanging tomato planters, but they rot in sunlight. THX

-- Some of life's little lessons are lethal, learn from others.

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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2628 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-08-2013 10:39 AM

good info. TUC

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

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Joyce

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-08-2013 08:21 PM

Beautiful.

-- Joyce Peck

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