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 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).
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!
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
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 come the autumn.
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