If there is something I’ve learned about gardening so far this season, it’s that you should put in your trellises at planting….does it say that in my gardening books?? No, but it probably should. It might annoy all the experienced gardeners who read them, but it would help a girl out! Oh well, it’s not a huge deal, just a little tid bit for ya in case you’ve never gardened before.
My sugar snap pea trellis is working out really nicely for me, but I wanted to try out a different type of trellis for the sake of experimentation. When I came across this video from J&J Acres on teepee trellises, I knew I had to try it out. The pole beans were my selected guinea pigs.
This truly could not be simpler. All you need is a bundle of poles (I used 5) – branches, bamboo, whatever you have lying around. I used a combination of thin pieces of wood and branches that were left over from installing the roosting bars in our pallet chicken coop. Make sure they are all long enough for you’re specific plant, and then bundle them together and tie them up at the top. Admittedly a thin rope or twine would have worked better for this, but my trusty zip-ties have done the job just fine.
Then you carefully spread them out on the bottom and push them into the ground. It took a little adjusting to get it all just right to be stable and in the correct places for the beans, but it all worked out wonderfully. The day after I installed this trellis there was a big rain storm. It was really windy and I was a little nervous about it falling over – but there was no need, because it held it’s ground like a champ. No fallen trellises around here! And the beans have trellised to it nicely, despite my procrastination in putting it in.
I really like this style of trellis for square foot gardening. It was easy to fit it into four square feet of beans (16 plants). And it seems to be working quite well. And it didn’t cost me a thing! I think this one’s a winner. Now, if I could just get my kids to stop picking all the beans off and eating them before I can put them on the table….there are worse problems to have! I think I’ll let that one slide.