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The Best Bean Trellis Ever


This summer we finally have a sturdy bean trellis.  In the past we used the traditional tepee design using logs tied together at the top.  The picture on the left was taken the previous season.  The problem with the tepee is the height and lack of airflow.  When the vines reach the top, they twist on themselves resulting in fewer flowers and beans.  It is a gnarly mess, and by the end of summer, the logs are sprouting mushrooms.  This year after removing the greenhouse plastic, Jon decided to use the frame (which is just cattle panels) as a trellis.  This trellis has produced great results!  There is plenty of airflow and space for the vines to sprawl without twisting on each other. Every day we walk through the greenhouse to gaze up at the hanging beans.  It is pretty to look at!  I included some pictures taken from different angles (click to enlarge).








2 comments :

Carol Pack Urban August 10, 2014 at 4:52 PM  

Ingenious! What an easy way to pick your beans!

jenn merfee-t August 18, 2014 at 6:23 AM  

What a beautiful purposeful way to trellis beans! I've been trellising my grapes on a non-fruiting tree and it is incredibly productive. I've found beans don't like climbing my fence with mesh wire, though love climbing tomato cages in my garden. Thank you for sharing! <3

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