Will pole beans grow across the ground?

Johnny_Reno(USDA 8)July 13, 2013

I am, or was, growing a 3 sisters garden. It went pretty well but the corn has already produces but the beans have not.

My corn stalks are all fallen over now along with the beans. The beans are sort of up off the ground and flowering, but no beans yet.

It is pretty hot here now so that may be why there are no beans yet. I am just wondering if this happened to anyone else and if the beans will grow.

I am trying to decide whether to pull them up and start over with a trellis or just let it ride.

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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Of course. If they cannot find something to climb on, then they will crawl/sprawl

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 12:07PM
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sweetquietplace(6 WNC Mtn.)

I'd be tempted to carefully push some of those bamboo garden poles down into the ground here and there amongst the beans.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 12:25PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

OK. You do not need necessarily a fancy trellis. Just sticks of wood, twigs, a broken tree branch, etc... here and there. The beans will grab them and climb

Or you can drive some stakes here and there, weave them together(running twines from the upper most end(like clothes lines), drop twine down from those lines(put a stone or brick on it on the ground so winds won't blow them away), voila! you got a trellis.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 6:44AM
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Johnny_Reno(USDA 8)

Thanks for all the feedback. I let them go for a while but pulled them out.

Added compost and replanted a variety of other veges. I think it was just too hot for anything to happen, but since the solstice things are coming back around.

My melons are almost done and I think I will replant beans in that bed with a cattle fence type trellis.

Thanks again,

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 9:40PM
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