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    Quote Originally Posted by Pies View Post
    This is how i do mine, advantages are better light, air movement,when the beans reach the top they are growing away from each other so dont end in a big mass
    disadvantages are a bit harder to build


    Wow, this looks fantastic! I can see that not having them merge together really makes sense. I'm going to try and rig something up, not quite sure what as I can't get round both sides of my bed (it's against a very tall fence) but I'll take this is an idea and adapt it. Or try anyhow!

    You know, I'd love to see a photo taken from this exact vantage point when it's all full of beans
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    This piccy was taken in July last year so a bit more growth to come but not too much
    Best i can do untill about September


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    Oh how lovely! I can see they'd be pretty easy to pick too. These are great! Thank you for posting ... You've definitely given me something to think about!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pies View Post
    This is how i do mine, advantages are better light, air movement,when the beans reach the top they are growing away from each other so dont end in a big mass
    disadvantages are a bit harder to build


    Just wondering how far apart are your canes ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croila View Post
    Wow, this looks fantastic! I can see that not having them merge together really makes sense. I'm going to try and rig something up, not quite sure what as I can't get round both sides of my bed (it's against a very tall fence) but I'll take this is an idea and adapt it. Or try anyhow!

    You know, I'd love to see a photo taken from this exact vantage point when it's all full of beans
    I'm planning something similar this year. I plan to use 7ft canes on the corners joined to cross canes using ball joint thingies (plus, probably, extra upright canes in the middle) and then 8ft canes sloping out as in the picture. Until I got my lottie I had planned to grow in a border and use a support at the front of the bed and the sloping canes from the fence out over the lawn.

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    They are about 12-14" apart

    The french beans in the foreground are staggered about 8" apart
    Last edited by Pies; 02-04-2011 at 11:19 PM.

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    Thanks, it does look a good system.

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    My beans never seem to get as dense as the pics here. I tried two up a cane but the canes are still pretty visible/beans easy to find. Is it the pinching out that makes them thicken up? I haven't been doing that - maybe that's what I'm doing wrong. My canes are in a row straight up with a short post each end and a horizontal cane between to stop them falling over.

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