Last year I used a teepee trellis for my pole beans and it worked well. This year, I decided to modify it to maximize my harvest. Several bars were added to the teepee so I could plant beans completely around it. However, one side was left open. I wanted my grandchildren to have a seat inside of the teepee while I’m gardening. An adorable miniature chair will be placed inside the teepee for them to sit.
Making a bean teepee can be simple and inexpensive. I used the bamboo poles from last season and cuttings from my bamboo squash trellis from last year as well. I found left over string from other projects under my sink and used around the teepee. String is great for the tendrils of the plant to latch onto. Lowes and Home Depot sell bamboo poles that won’t break the bank if you can’t found a resource locally. The Dollar Store sells string. My brother has a yard full of bamboo, so I luck out.
The poles should be 6 – 8 feet tall and you will need 4 pieces. I used (4) 7 foot poles and 5 bars across. Be sure to secure the poles tightly at the top and get them deep into ground before you tie on the horizontal poles.
Here’s the steps again:
1. Tie your 4 poles at the top securely.
2. Your poles should look like A-frames.
3. Place the frames in the ground deep enough to secure them.
4. Tie the smaller pieces (20) across the bars to form 3 sides. Leave an opening to place a chair for the kids or spacing for growing lettuce through the summer, which requires shade. The leaves of the beans will provide the shade.
5. Plant your choice of pole beans completely around the bottom of the teepee and watch them climb.
I use Blue Lake pole beans. They are more flavorful and less stringy. Planting Jade Bush Beans along with the pole beans will prove beneficial. They were recommended by a fellow gardener. Can’t wait to try them. Green beans can be used as a companion to tomatoes and cucumbers. Do you plant pole beans or you a bush bean gardener. What’s your favorite green bean?