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Mar312009

*&^%$ Obelisks!

I thought this year, given the catastrophes the last two years have been using bamboo canes and string, I'd try proper obelisks to support my beans. 3 of them. It'll be easy, I thought. Construct them once, stand them up in the soil, sorted. Next year I can move them, put them in the next quarter, good to go. That's good permaculture practice, a one-off investment of energy for long-term payback.

I'd forgotten about our stupid, chalky, flinty soil. I put one in (sort of, roughly) in the autumn to check they'd cope with the wind. It was a bit lop-sided, but that didn't matter for the test. Today I straightened it up, and remembered.

With some not-inconsiderable effort, that first one is now straight. So on with the second one. I got it constructed, that bit was easy (relatively). It's the standing them up in the soil bit that's tricky. Really I should probably have given up the first time I hit my hand with the mallet. Or when the piece of wood I was using between the mallet and the 'hole maker' (that's what the label says!) snapped. But I'm stubborn. Sort of.

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What do you mean it isn't straight? Looks fine to me... (We shall not talk about the hand.)

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