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Finding a needle in a haystack wouldn’t be this hard

By Penny Stine

A garden is always an opportunity to learn, isn’t it?

I wanted to try growing pole beans this year and I read that they were a good companion plant for corn. As the corn grows taller, it gives the beans somewhere to go.

Not content with your basic beans, I decided to go for more color and planted morning glories and scarlet runner beans. I thought they would be pretty all growing together.

And it would have been, if they all bloomed together. But the runner beans bloomed first, giving me red flowers in the corn stalks. Then the pole beans started, with little white flowers. Finally the morning glories began showing off in the early hours.

The only problem is that the corn continues to get monstrous, blocking out the sun for the beans, which limits their ability to continue flowering. Plus, the beans have begun producing beans, and finding them in the corn/bean/morning glory jungle is like playing Where’s Waldo in the garden, except instead of trying to find a funny-looking guy in glasses and a striped shirt, I’m trying to find green beans.

Oh well, at least I’ve learned what not to do next year.

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