I stepped onto my deck to take a look at the garden and thought my eyes were deceiving me. Was the pole bean teepee trellis was leaning? Shielding my eyes, I squinted to get a better view. I was still unsure, so I headed toward the garden. I found the leaning tower of pole beans. The weight of the vines was pushing the teepee trellis forward. It looked as if it could tumble anytime.
I had to find a quick remedy, oh what to do. I noticed the extra t-posts leaning on the wood fencing and ran to grab one and stuck it in the ground inside the teepee. Now how do I tie this baby to the t-post. I notice a lone tie on the gate of the garden and ran to grab it. My strategy pays off, I leave a few ties scattered around the garden just in case I have to tie up a plant. I pushed the teepee back praying that it wouldn’t fall apart and tied the t-post to the back of the teepee.
It is saved, and now stands erect. Thankfully, it looks just like it did when I imaged it being covered with the vines and beans exploding on the plants.
The weather in my area has been quite cool for July. If we don’t get hotter weather soon my garden may end up being a display of greenery with no produce. We are barely getting into the 80’s here in zone 6B. I have tons of tomatoes, but they’re not very big and ripening slowly. I have only harvested 1 tomato, 1 cucumber, a few squash and that has been the extent of it.
This time of year, I’m praying for somebody, anybody to take zucchini off my hands. I have tons of cukes for pickles and salads, but not this year. I’m now praying for 100 degree days in August so I can produce tons of fresh veggies.
Check out this post on how to build the pole bean teepee, and be sure to incorporate this remedy into your set-up before the vines add weigh.