Monday, July 27, 2015

Pole beans

Pole beans are twining plants.  They climb by wrapping around other plants, poles, brush, netting.  Lacking support, they clamber across the ground and are virtually impossible to pick.

I had been putting off supporting my two rows of pole beans as I kept looking for my fence post driver.

No joy.  I have three of them and could not find any of them.

I bought a new one.  The problem with fence post drivers, as purchased, is that they are painted the same shade of gray as a concrete, industrial basement floor.  Scuff it up a little bit.  Get some patches of rust on it.  And that rascal becomes invisible the second you put it down.

One of the keys to getting a vivid fluorescent paint job is to prime the piece with WHITE paint.
Kubota charged me $2 to do the paint job.  I went with pink.  Perhaps I can get some jobs doing pedicures with the paint the extra paint.
Here is a "Where's Waldo" shot.  Can you find the post driver?
Garden of Eden pole beans on the left, a row of Deadon savoy cabbage, a row of Diablo Brussel Sprouts, then a row of purple pole beans, a mix of Blauhilde and Burpee pole beans.  I see no difference in them and suspect Burpee simple renamed a European cultivar for marketing reasons.
Mrs ERJ favors the green "safety" fence over the orange.  It runs about $36/100 feet and I consider it a bargain as it is good for many years when used gently.


  1. Nice looking garden, and it's easy to spot! :-)

    1. It is with much chagrin that I admit to having lost a fence post driver right in plain sight. I later found it, parked on top of a fence post.

      Fence post drivers are heavy. They are not the kind of tool you put in a back pocket or carry around in your left hand.


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