I wrote a post in the spring about two engineers building a trellis. https://sarasinart.net/2015/04/19/so-two-engineers-built-a-trellis/ It was unfair to this great structure to call it a trellis, cos a trellis is usually one sided. A pergola is a structure with posts into the air, and some type of lattice work across the top. So a while after we built it, I said we should give it a proper name: pergola. It might be a jerry-rigged pergola made from bamboo, re-bar, and quite a few yards of garden wire, but it’s doing what it’s supposed to do!
The middle post has green beans and we’ve harvested quite a few of them. Two on the left and right have King of the Garden Lima beans, and they’re slow to produce: I was eating them in late August and into September last year, and they’re beginning to have lots of flowers now, so I’m not worried about having Limas.
The other two posts, which aren’t nearly as leafy, are Eliza’s Thai purple yard long beans. They are really slow starters and recently I read that they grow best when it’s real hot, like our July was, so they think they’re in Thailand. But we’ve harvested some of them too, and are letting 3 beans go dry to make seed for several people we’ve promised some to. The picture is a thumbnail and if you click it, you can see several of the bean pods hanging down. There were more, but I think Eliza picked some today to use in her lunch at work.
Each group of plants have been going across for a while, over to the side, which we train them to do, and I expect the Limas to go on a good ways cos they got about 8′ last year, also being trained to go over where they were planted.
We’ve had some storms and it stood, we shake it now and then to make sure nothing has changed, and we decided to let it up over the winter cos bamboo is amazing stuff that will last outside for years. So it’s proven itself, and beans are happy there.
Next year we have a plan to dig up under it and plant stuff there, and also expand the garden in some other ways. Gardeners are innovative people; we’ll find ways to grow things, somehow, somewhere…….or as close to everywhere as we can.