French beans outwit the deer

This year, as well as runner bean I planted a dedicated line of climbing French beans alongside bean poles.   Unfortunately some deer got in and munched all the emerging shoots of the beans and stopped them from climbing up the bean poles.  But Mother Nature is so clever!  What did the French beans do?  They produced all their beans really low down on the bit of plant that was still alive.

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And some of the beans are really long, about 7 or 8 inches, much longer than you see in the supermarkets.

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I think its pretty clever that all the bean pods have grown at the bottom!  I thought our crop had been ruined, but not so!!

Also today I picked the first of our runner beans.  They were similarly munched by the deer but managed to put out other shoots and still climb up the bean poles.

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Our sweetcorn are coming on nicely too.  I think it is all the lovely sunshine we have been having lately

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I have also been picking the courgettes (zucchini) and let one or two of them grow really large into marrows to cut up for the chickens.  It’s going to be a bumper year for all our crops this year.

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5 Comments »

  1. Beautiful beans! A rabbit ate mine. I’ve started a new crop in my hoop house where the critters can’t get to them. 🙂

    • I know if its not the deer its the rabbits, or the pigeons or the slugs!!

      • Or the possums, or the rats or, if you have a pup like mine, your own dog! Then there’s the blasting sun and the flooding rains to worry about. Seriously, why do we do this to ourselves? 🙂

      • Luckily there are no possums over here, but still gardening is a battle!!

  2. Aren’t you clever for not pulling up the “destroyed” beans. Mother Nature is amazing!

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