Pole Bean Teepee

Create a wonderful hiding place for your children, while growing enough beans to feed your family this summer. As soon as the weather warms up in your area, begin to grow a bean teepee. It's functional. Growing plants upward saves space in your garden, and discourages plant disease and fungus. And it's lots of fun too!

Take three garden trellises (V-shaped) and turn upside down so that the wide part is on the ground. Form a pyramid with the three sides. Secure with nails or tie together as needed. On the fourth side, which will be left open for the kids to climb in, place a board across the bottom, and also near the top to stabilize the pyramid. Secure it to the other trellises with nails.

Plant your beans at the base of the trellises, and before you know it (in about six weeks), with just a little guidance from you, your pole beans will be climbing up the sides, enclosing the teepee. Your kids will enjoy having their own special play area right in the garden.

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