I can’t even tell you why I wanted to grow pole beans as a first-year gardener. Obviously, bush beans would have been the logical choice since I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. But I knew that pole beans would give me higher yields, and besides, they looked so pretty in the pictures!
First Attempt: Bamboo Tent Trellis
Since my husband wasn’t convinced this new gardening hobby would last, he didn’t pay much attention. In my first attempt to grow pole beans, my friend Stephanie graciously brought me some bamboo from her land, and I constructed a bamboo tepee/trellis.
Just looking at it, I’m expecting it to fall down in the picture any time now.
And sure enough, one big storm huffed and puffed and blew the whole thing down. My husband came to my rescue and figured out a way to get it back up and functional for the season.
Winner: A-Frame Trellis
But he knew if my gardening hobby continued, I had no business constructing my pole bean trellis again. That’s when he got to work and created two A-frame trellises so sturdy that summer storms don’t make them flinch.
I grow pole beans (Blue Lake if you’re wondering) on these two trellises each year, and I have also grown peas as an early crop before the beans go in. It works well for both.
My favorite part is the harvest. My kids even enjoy venturing under the trellis and picking the beans at their level.
Then, at the end of the season, we strip the vines from the twine. I chose to use bailing twine because it can be used from season to season. But for a cheaper option, string or twine can be used.
I practice crop rotation, and my husband and I move both trellises every season. Though they are sturdy, they are not too heavy for the two of us to move together.
Can you tell I love my A-frame trellis?
How to Build It
Not long ago, an Instagram follower asked me about my trellis she saw in the background of a photo I posted. (Follow me on Instagram here.) I realized that others would benefit from this easy-to-construct option, especially those of you wanting to grow pole beans. So I asked my husband where he got the design.
I knew my husband was handy, but I had no idea that he created this design on his own. I talked with him about how he built it, and together we came up with step-by-step instructions on how to build it. Better yet, not counting the string you buy, the materials should cost less than $50.
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