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Piggy Twee Sticks and bean poles
Sun 7-Mar-10
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Suky
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Last year I had to use canes for my runner beans and whatever I could find for my peas as I could find nothing else locally.  This year I went to  beanpoles.org.uk  and found a local supplier, so local that he lives just 1/2 mile from my house Laugh  I am looking forward to some tall twiggy pea sticks and some nice hazel poles for my beans.

They are advertising events all over the country for next month (I think).

Sun 7-Mar-10
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I love the title you chose for this post Suky!Big_Laugh

I'll try that again!

Sun 7-Mar-10
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Suky
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I phoned my local garden centre and that was what I asked for.  When he finished laughing he told me they didn't sell themWhistle  Now, the more I say it to myself correctly I find they come out piggy twee!

Sun 7-Mar-10
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This time of year there are always lots of prunings to be had- buddleah branches make very good bean supports, if you live near some woods, there will be plenty of suitable twiggy sticks lying around waiting to be picked up  after the winter. Not as good as Hazel, but better than nothing!

I've often wondered where to get really lovely  Hazel supports as garden centres are useless.So I'll investigate the beanpole site.Thanks!

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Sun 7-Mar-10
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My pea stick problem lies in the fact that this year I am growing tall peas, to approx 5', and most twiggy sticks I have found are much shorterFrown  I may have to go with bean sticks infilled with shorter twiggy sticks.  Will wait to see what the local chap comes up with.

Sun 7-Mar-10
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That's a lovely story, Suky. I did not get first time around this morning. Smile

We use 5 or 6 foot bamboo canes from Homebase (I can't remember which). They are not cheap but we have only one row, maybe 5 metres, of runner beans that need them that tall.

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Sun 7-Mar-10
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We get ours from the forest but it does look a bit funny with the twigs sticking out of the back of our car on the way home – the boot (trunk) is not long enough!

By the way thanks for those links, we are always on the look out for ideas of how to turn our bit of forest into a business

Mon 15-Mar-10
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We are really lucky this year, and I now have lots of hazel pea sticks and bean poles and whippy poles I will be able to bend and use to support floppy flowers like peonies and sedums. To get them I helped with a bit of hedge removal (enough to make space for a gate) on the field Partner and others have just bought. Not many metres of hedge, but a huge heap of nasty blackthorn and unusable hazel and various scratches to show for it. And there are still metres and metres of hazel and blackthorn in the remaining hedges--the field is about 5 acres--so there will be lots of Sloe_Gin come the autumn.

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