During the 2017 growing season, I decided to build my first green bean teepee. I had envisioned my boy enjoying sitting in or hanging out in the teepee.
I saw a couple diys, but they never posted whether or not they grew well! So, here’s how I built it (And the results):
First, I had to source some bamboo to make the beast out of! Lucky for me, my husband works with a guy that has it invasively growing in his yard. So, he told us to come get it anytime we want! (Cost free!)
Bamboo! They were about 7 feet long!
Next, you need to really shove those bamboo poles into the ground! Like, about 6-8 inches in the ground. I just pushed mine in the ground and used my body weight to force them to stay put!
They aren’t going anywhere!
Then, I continued on with pushing the rest of them in the ground. It was 100% constructed by just me! I used 6 poles placed about 18 inches apart.
I really looked like a pole vaulter shoving these in the ground!
Up next, I used paracord to tie the tops together. I just kept tieing them together and knotting them!
I had to use a stool to reach the top!
I continued using the paracord to tie knots on each post to give the pole beans something to grow on. I spaced them about a foot apart from row to row. You could do it a lot closer, but I was running low on paracord!
Green paracord for the beans to grow up!
And here is my finished project! The next step was to plant the bean plants all around it!
I planted the pole bean seeds really close together because something kept eating the seedlings!
At first only 1 side really took off!
Once I put bird netting around the seedlings, the other plants really started taking off! They did make it to the top!
Beans enjoying the teepee!
You can see the progression in the photos below!
Our teepee looking great!
So, even though I had to fight off pests, I would consider it a success! I harvested a lot of beans! But, will I do things differently next year? Yes!!!! Here’s what I’ll change:
🌱Don’t make it so tall! I couldn’t harvest those ones on the top! Be sure you can get them!
🌱start off with netting to protect the seedlings from the beginning! (We have a lot of rabbits and birds here!)
🌱 place the paracord closer together around the teepee! Then you won’t have them having a hard time growing up it!
We really got a lot of beans from this single teepee! I’d recommend this for anyone, and I enjoyed getting in the shady interior to pick beans! If you give it a try, or have before, let me know how it went for you! Keep blooming folks! 🌱💚