June 21, 2018

How to build a bean teepee trellis

Climbing beans work great for growing vertically in small gardens. Here is a quick and easy method of building a simple bean teepee to support your climbing beans and/or peas…

Beans and peas make excellent additions to your garden. They produce tasty fresh pods for weeks at a time when picked regularly, and they also fix nitrogen in the soil, making them a great companion or succession plant for your garden. Climbing varieties are best for small gardens, as you can grow them vertically on a trellis to save space and enjoy an ongoing crop throughout the summer months. (These are also a great choice for those gardeners with limited mobility who find bending to harvest difficult.)

To support your climbing beans, you can use a variety of structures, from a fence to a wire trellis or other support, but one of the easiest is a simple bean teepee made of bamboo, sticks, or PVC pipe. Since beans and peas are fairly light vines, they don’t need a super-strong structure, so a simple teepee like this is usually plenty sturdy to support them.

This quick video shows how to set up a simple bean teepee for a healthy crop of delicious home-grown beans!

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Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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