Part of the fun of gardening is experimenting with new crops, new locations, and new ways to make trellises and plant supports for vertical gardening. It’s by experimenting that we can determine the best varieties of crops to grow in our yards.
One of the new plants I’m trying this year in my garden is a special type of climbing pole bean with a shorter harvest time. Since most of my trellises are already being used for various types of cucumbers, I made a easy pole bean teepee using supplies I already had. Teepee style bean trellises are typically made of saplings shaped into a ‘teepee’ . I used string and an old fence post to make this easy trellis. Here is how it was done.
To create a string teepee, you will need an 8 feet high angle steel post (with pre-drilled holes), heavy gardening twine, scissors, a bag of tent stakes, ladder, mallet, hammer and a helper to steady the ladder and hold the post straight.
Installing the pole
With your helper holding the post straight, use the mallet to pound the post into the ground to a depth of one foot. (You will need to stand on the ladder to do this job so be careful!)
Installing the tent stakes
Hammer the tent stakes in a circle surrounding the center post. Since my teepee had to fit in a tight location, my stakes were placed only 3 feet away from the post – ideally they should have been placed about 5 feet away since this would have given the beans more room to grow. The stakes should be hammered with the hook facing out.
Making the frame
Thread one end of the twine through the topmost hole in the angle post. Tie off the end with a slip knot, pull it down to the ground and hook onto one of the stake hooks. Pull the other end of the twine to the ground on the opposite side. Loop around the stake hook once, cut off leaving several inches of twine. Tie off. Repeat this process until gardening twine has been tied to all the stakes.
I planted eight pole bean starts around my bean teepee which will be trained to climb up the twine as they grow. A pole bean teepee like this is an easy way to create a gardening trellis in a compact space.
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