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Updated on May 26, 2015
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Demas is the father of five and "Grampa" for 17 along with freelancing, editing, publishing such books as his latest "Haiku American Style."

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Gardening and the Chopsticks Bean Pole ~

Shippers often ship heavy things using pallets. Pallets give you a good start on creating a long-lasting trellis for growing pole beans anywhere you have a plot of dirt measuring 4 feet by 4 feet.

Take a center piece, the 4" x 4" x 4', add four strips of your own 2" x 1" x 8' nailing them 4" from the ends of the center piece, between each pair of these vertical poles nail a piece of 2' x 4" about 12" long to keep the vertical poles apart. In the middle of the center piece nail a piece of your own 2" x 1" strip that is 4' long and has two pieces of 2" x 4" x 1' nailed to the bottom of each end so that the strip is perpendicular to the center piece and steadies the structure in the event of wind when the verical poles are eventually covered with the pole beans.

The vertical poles are nailed so as to extend below the surface of the soil about 12" to 14" to anchor the structure in place, and one side of each pair is held apart by a strip of your 2" x 1" x 4' nailed to their side of the 2" x 4" x 1' pieces holding each pair of the vertical poles apart.

The chopsticks bean poles can be painted to better extend the life of the wood, but even left as the bare wood the bean poles will serve year after year for years! And, best of all, you will not have to bend over to pick the pole beans, which except for the vertical poles you will need to buy (plus nails) can be made largely from a shipping pallet.

One Chopsticks Bean Pole in the garden....

Here is one Chopsticks Bean Pole ready to serve in the garden for another spring/summer/fall.  I planted 18 Pole Beans close to and around it and they will climb to the top of each set of "chopsticks."
Here is one Chopsticks Bean Pole ready to serve in the garden for another spring/summer/fall. I planted 18 Pole Beans close to and around it and they will climb to the top of each set of "chopsticks." | Source

Planting those straight rows....

This year I have been doing something different in order to plant straight rows without stakes and string, and I prefer it to any other method.

I have a 2" x 6" x 12' board that is just wide enough to walk on. I place the board on one side of a freshly rototilled row of about 18 inches in width and with my hoe I make a shallow track along the further edge of the board to match the depth the row's chosen seeds should be planted, seed the row and cover with soil, placing a stake at one end, to which I staple a label or the empty seed pack.

I turn the board over away from the row I have just planted, and rototill another 18" separation from that row and repeat the process for the next row, and the next, etc.

In the end, I have 12' rows that can be extended to 24' or 36' with space between for walking and rototilling to hold down the weeds. The rows are straight as a board's edge, and the system allows for planting even when the soil is quite wet.

When seeds are to be planted 4" or more apart, two of us "walk the plank" and the first uses a metal stick to make holes the right depth and distance apart. The second person drops seeds into each hole while the first person returns and uses a hoe to cover the seeds, after which the second person waters the row, if needed. This is a faster process than it sounds, and of course one person could complete this process alone. Spacing of the rows is done in the same way as described previously.

The secret to having a weed-free garden....

The first two sections of this Hub made use of any 4' x 4' spot of soil for raising pole beans or any climbing plants, and covered planting straight rows in the garden.

If you thought you were going to read about having no weeds in your resulting garden without having to control the weeds by hoeing, pulling, or some other labor-intensive efforts, you gave the author more credit than he deserves.

If there is any secret, part of the secret must be fall plowing, and in-season attention and effort.

Remember there was a reason for Adam to survive by the sweat of his brow, and we gardeners are no more immune from such efforts than he was.

Happy gardening!


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      kbdressman 2 years ago from Harlem, New York

      Thanks for the great ideas! I'm planting my pole beans in the next few days as well!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Congratulations on your personal progress in education, career, and family choices. I once wrote here that people should be like pole beans: aspiring upward but producing good results along the way. The weather here in Utah Valley has been so wet that one friend has lost two plantings of beans to moisture-caused disease. May the sun shine on your efforts.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful planting stuff here. We are a little edgy here about planting and gardens this year with our drought. Each plant is treated more as an oasis. Happy gardening to you.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I need to get my beans into the ground. We are just starting to warm up! Sounds like a great day that you had--hope you are well---

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I admire all you creative gardeners. You detailed instructions are very helpful, and thanks for mentioning the sweat. Happy gardening to you, too!

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      Demas W Jasper 24 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Now is the time! If you are growing something in 2015, now is the time. At the side of this Hub of mine are five good gardening Hubs by other Hubbers. Three of them are "Editor's Choice" Hubs. Check them out, too, and get going. Fresh veggies are just around a turn of the soil.

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      Deb Hirt 24 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I love it! Repurposing truly has its advantages and this one gets an awesome and up. Bravo!

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      Demas W Jasper 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - The pole beans are up, in part due to an hour-long steady downpour! Did you ever feel as if you are just growing weeds? It's amazing how resilient they are, isn't it! Cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, tomatoes, are well. The bush beans have done poorly due to old seed. So they get replanted with new seed. No sign of corn, same deal. Waiting on sunflowers, spinach, lettuce, beets, and carrots. You watch birds and I watch sprouts. Deal?

      By the way, my second book (468 pages) went to the printer's today. ebook is next, and then on to the other, already written books. What fun!

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      Demas W Jasper 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The weeds are winning! Fortunately amarathus is an edible, wild spinach we have in profusion. Sometimes called "Red Root" for the color of its roots, its bountiful seeds can be found in herb stores and are highly nutritious, the roots are used as herbal products also.

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