Our new bean tunnel is going to last more than a month because Ms. Melissa, our lovely garden volunteer, oversaw its construction. She harvested the vivex beams in brown and rust patchbark glory. We hauled the beams and branches up to the garden, where we drove stakes into the bed as stiff bean-climbing foundation. She taught the children and I how to lash vivex rods together in intricate and random zig-zags, and weave twine between the rods to make a web for beans tallons to traverse into a tunnel.
No more stories from distraught fifth-graders about their third-grade memories of bean tunnels gone bad. Garden students and I tried three; two elementary tunnels failed completely. The one I built with 7/8 graders lasted a good year until it was so over grown it functioned more like a five-foot wide hedge than a crouch through tunnel.
The bean trellis is sturdy and beautiful; a reflection of Ms. Melissa and the new insights her volunteerism brings to Wonder Gardens.
Krista Joan says:
My mission is to teach, train, and testify in resistance to the white supremacy of my ancestors. My personal choices are political, powerful, and practical. Let's trash waste.