Permaculture forum: Beans and Fruit Trees

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TomNJ
Mar 24, 2012 11:44 AM CST
So, what does everyone think of trellising beans on my fruit trees? The trees are about seven feet tall. It seems like a good idea to me.

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dave
Mar 24, 2012 12:12 PM CST

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I like the idea for the fertility building, but wouldn't the trees cast too much shade?

I grow purple hull peas (a variety of cowpea) in my orchard, but not right up against the trees themselves.
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TomNJ
Mar 24, 2012 12:22 PM CST
I hadn't considered the shade aspect. That will likely be a problem. I think I will try it, nonetheless. I'll let you know how I make out.
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dave
Mar 24, 2012 5:12 PM CST

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I see no reason not to try. The worst thing that'll happen is that the beans won't bear any pods. Smiling
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TomNJ
Apr 8, 2012 11:46 AM CST
Well, I sowed pole beans around my five trees. The trees are about seven foot tall. So, maybe shade won't be too big an issue. We'll see.

flynnie
May 17, 2012 8:44 AM CST
TomNJ

I've seen your trees. I don't think at this time shade is an issue for you. You might have an issue in a couple years, but you mine as well enjoy those beans now, I will be doing the same thing around my apple trees.
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TomNJ
May 21, 2012 7:52 PM CST
flynnie said:TomNJ

I've seen your trees. I don't think at this time shade is an issue for you. You might have an issue in a couple years, but you mine as well enjoy those beans now, I will be doing the same thing around my apple trees.


Thanks. The beans seem to be taking off just fine.

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