Pole Bean Tent
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This year we planted pole beans and Oregon giant snow peas where we had planted potatoes last year. It's a small plot, about 15 feet long by 5 feet wide. I wasn't sure what to do for the beans to climb. Last year I tried a tee-pee with miserable results.. my own doing. I didn't stake the tee-pee in the ground properly and we had a rain storm with some heavy gusts just when the pole beans were getting going. The wind tipped over the tee-pee and we loss pretty much everything as it ripped the plants right out of the ground. Wasn't going to go through that again ;o)
This year my son saw a picture of a tent style structure with garden netting on it so we decided to build something similar. Easy to build and fun too... we just went to the back of a dead end street and cut down some alders. I sharpened the ends and put them firmly into the ground and used screws to hold them together. We kept it like that for a couple days, then decided to pin it down with twine to keep it steady... didn't want this one blowing over.
We kept it like that until the pole beans and snow peas were about ready to start climbing. We added some garden netting held down with some zip ties I had laying around. So far so good... We hope this one keeps up and it's nice because we can easily reach both sides for the pole beans and the snow peas on each end. The only issue we had is at the beginning, birds would get caught under the net and fight to get out. We had to help a few out actually, but that doesn't seem to be an issues now that the plants are higher then the bottom of the netting.
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