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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Hazel poles for beans
« on: March 03, 2022, 02:47:08 pm »
Does anyone know of a source of 8 foot long hazel poles for growing beans in Scotland please.  We grow our own usually but this year we don't have enough ready to cut. I don't know if there are any coppicing schemes in Scotland (south) which might sell poles at a reasonable cost.
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Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Hazel poles for beans
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2022, 08:12:39 pm »
We are using our straight poles from the hybrid willow for some of our frames (like peas). As long as you de-bark the bottom (what is in the ground) they do not take. Our pea frame has been up for three years now and still looking good.


Even though I have big hazel bushes they are not straight, so no use for poles or anything really...


My climbing/runner beans grow up a string (baler twine) - two wires, one on the ground (screwed into the wooden sides of the raised bed) one over the crop bars in the polytunnel. It is however quite a permanent structure, underplanted with squash and courgettes.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Hazel poles for beans
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2022, 11:58:42 pm »
Hi Anke, Thanks but we've used all those options.  When we had a couple of allotments we had 'woodhenge' which was a permanent structure for beans.  We also do use willow sticks which we give to the sheep first to debark. I usually grow climbing beans inside the tunnel and they grow to the crop bars up strings, but I want to see if climate change is making a noticeable difference to summer temps and my ability to grow beans outdoors. This year though I want to grow sweetpeas in the front (flower) garden and really only hazel poles look really good for those.  I stopped using canes a few years ago when I realised they often contained chinese pests, still alive and waiting to colonise (well probably not, but you can't be too careful) Anyway, I don't like canes.


For hazel poles, you need to coppice your trees.  It's terrifying cutting down a healthy tree to only a foot above ground, but it really does grow back with lots of rustically straight poles.


We looked round half the woods today and there are quite a few more poles than I had thought, so we'll check the coppice in the morning and hope there are more. There are also sheep-chewed willow branches to check for any straight ones although really the plants don't mind if their poles are wonky  :o
I've searched online a little and all I could find was poles from Sussex at great expense and even greater delivery charges. Nothing so far in Scotland - I can't be the only person coppicing in the country!
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