|All shriveled up|
When I was watering everyone, I saw that the blossoms of one of my Scarlett Runner Beans didn't look too good.
Oh no! They must have gotten too hot.
The problem is: No blossom = no beans = no food.
Scarlett Runner Beans are amazing:
Unlike most other legumes, they are not an annual. They are a perennial.
This means that once they are established, they keep growing, kinda like a bush.
Since our goal is to rely mainly on perennials (annuals suck the soil dry of nutrients), these beans play a vital role in our Suburban Homestead.
Like any legume, these beauties are also nitrogen fixers and a great source of vegetable protein.
|That's how they're supposed to look|
OK, so how can I help my beans?
The sun is too hard on them and they need shade.
I thought about building a little canopy which I could put up during the hottest time of the day (10am - 2pm) and after that I would roll it up again.
Of course, the rule here on the Suburban Homestead is to not buy anything new if it can be avoided!
So, I looked around in the garage and found a couple of sticks and a bit of leftover 'fabric' that Roberto had used to build the retaining walls in the backyard.
Honestly, I dunno what this 'fabric' really is; you can get it at a Home Depot, so it really CANNOT be fabric at all.
|Not pretty, but WORKIE|
No more shriveling up my blossoms!
I don't think I will need it for too long.
Once the plants are more established, they will not be so vulnerable anymore.
Or at least that's what I hope.
"Nature never says one thing and wisdom another." Decimus Junius Juvenalis