- Posted May 4, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
From garden to table
Crop circle - aliens not included
The idea came to me earlier this Spring while trimming branches from my bushes. As someone who hates to toss anything that might find a second life, I looked for ideas in a gardening book that showcases beautiful English gardens. One had a teepee with green beans growing onto it. So I gave it a try, and although it doesn't look quite like the picture, it's worked well so far.
So I planted the teepee in the middle of my tiny garden space (about 4x7 ft). I knew it would take a while before the beans would cover the teepee, so I decided to plant a few items at the base, which is of course, a circle. My plan was to plant items that could be harvested from the outside in.
So far, it's looking pretty good. The radishes are well on their way, and look to be harvested in about 10 days. The lettuce has a ways to go, but nonetheless, a good start. And after a very strong storm that included a couple inches of rain, some lightning, hail and a funnel cloud, the beans finally poked their heads out of the soil. (No worries about the funnel cloud. It was a few miles out of town - phew!)
The result, my very own crop circle! Pretty cool, huh?
P.S. Here's the 'going back to basics when less is more' philosophy in this post - save those thin green branches you trim. They're perfect for teepees, tiny decorative fences, or even for use as marshmallow roasting sticks.