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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Beans and Mop Handles

My life in appalachia beans and mop handles

Granny will plant seeds anywhere she can spot an empty piece of ground, which results in things like greenbeans growing on her mop handle.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

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    Pam Danner
    September 30, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    LOL, great looking beans!

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    September 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    That’s funny.. I should plant some by my wife’s busting axe, chain saw ect.. you know things she don’t use anymore.. just kidding..

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    September 30, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Lordy, I miss not having a garden this year, cause that picture of green beans climbing a mop handle is familiar. Those things will reach for the sky and climb about anything. …Ken

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    September 30, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Tipper: Those broom and mop handles are very useful! Mainly we use them for bean posts in the Matheson Cove!. Now I think I will design a NEW BEAN POST planting in the Garden of Eva!
    p.s. I wish we could make one of the performances of the girls! Hope the Spartingberg performance is just perfect!

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    B. Ruth
    September 30, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Wow, what beautiful beans and handy as a pocket on a shirt for picking too!
    I’m thinking this might be a granny experiment!
    When mops come to mind, water comes to mind, when moisture comes to mind, a sunny place comes to mind, when moisture and a yellow sun come to mind, seed sprouting comes to mind, when a seed sprouting comes to mind, a beanstalk comes to mind, when a beanstalk comes to mind, Jack comes to mind, when Jack comes to mind, giant beans come to mind, when giant beans come to mind, a golden goose comes to mind, when a golden goose comes to mind, escape comes to mind, when escape comes to mind, Jacks mother comes to mind, when Jacks mother comes to mind, happily ever after comes to mind. when happily ever after comes to mind, the golden goose, cooking giant green beans and a happy proud mother comes to mind, when all of the above comes to mind, the Appalachian tradition of “make do” and a “smart granny” comes to mind!
    This is what I plan on doing next year. Drop my bean seeds where the wet mop drips, close to the kitchen and back porch making long walks unnecessary, make sure the mop has a yellow sunny handle, let those bean sprouts reach the sky, then pick, cook and eat those beans like a king petting the golden goose! I love happy endings!
    Thanks Tipper,

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      Patricia Price
      March 21, 2021 at 9:27 am

      B Ruth: My son played Jack in his high school production of “Into the Woods”, so I was tickled to read your post (years later) in Replies! I forwarded the post to him in Nashville where he now works in Gospel music.

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    anita griffith
    September 30, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Well i confess.I have used mop handles,backer sticks,cut sticks,but mostly use the longer pipestem.

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    Ron Banks
    September 30, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I love it! You could have found something like that at my parents house too.

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    September 30, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I love the way Granny thinks. Avid gardeners will plant vegetables to grow anywhere. My yard is not near as interesting since I started confining my beans to the garden. I once had a Rhododendron cut back to a nub because of fear of critters and snakes. Meanwhile that was one ugly Rhododendron. I simply planted my Logan Giant climbing beans thick all around the trunk, and the result was a fairly nice looking little bush. It looked almost normal until the beans got thick.
    As most people have found out, children can leave some strange things at your house when they move on. I really needed to be inventive, as my daughter had left a big dog kennel in my backyard. My neighbor suggested I plant beans around it–drug it the few feet to the garden, and each side was used to plant a different heirloom bean. It was loaded with beans a couple of years before she was able to haul it home.
    Every now and then get a special surprise. Most squash in the garden did not do well. However a huge squash plant decided to grow out the side of the compost bin. I am still harvesting from that plant even though garden squash have long been gone.

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    September 30, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Now that’s a green thumb! 🙂

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    September 30, 2016 at 9:27 am

    . . . so what might we infer from beans growing on a mop handle? It reminds me of my favorite Erma Bombeck suggestion: to excuse the clutter in your house, leave the vacuum sitting out in the middle of the living room. That way, when guests drop by, they’ll think they’ve interrupted you while cleaning. Problem with this is, you have to remember to dust the vacuum cleaner!
    If Granny is as I imagine, she probably set the mop aside because she thinks she does a better job of mopping on her hands and knees!
    Did you ever grow “tents” or “playhouses” for your girls with beans?

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    September 30, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Good reason not to mop the floors…can’t disturb the beans!

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    Miss Cindy
    September 30, 2016 at 7:25 am

    That’s too funny! You go Granny.

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