This is the first year I’ve tried these structures for my pole beans, and they’ve been wildly successful. Here’s what they looked like early this spring, when we finished building them:
And here’s what they look like now!
These plant produce at an unbelievable rate – I have to pick EVERY DAY, because they grow so quickly that in just one day, they go from the ideal size to too big. Even though I’m picking every day, I still am averaging a huge bowlful each time – here’s today’s crop:
Luckily, we don’t have any vacations planned for a while, so I can keep up with the production rate. This year I’m determined not to fall behind . . . every year I get lazy at some point and forget to pick for a few days, and then am so mad at myself because of all the beans that have grown to an ungainly, overblown size and are too tough to eat. What a waste of an entire growing season’s work and effort! This year, I’m vowing to keep on top of the harvest.
The good news is that beans are incredibly easy to preserve – just blanch and freeze, and I have enough bags full in the freezer to last us most of the winter. Another bit of good news for me is that the girls are getting old enough now to help pick. The down side: their quality control leaves much to be desired I have to go behind them and get everything they miss, which kind of defeats the purpose of having them take care of the picking. However, I hope to train them up sufficiently so that sooner, rather than later, they can take over this part of the veggie gardening.
The tomatoes are finally starting to come on, too – the Sungolds are first, and we picked this entire bowl this afternoon! They’re so tasty and sweet that I doubt they’ll last until dinner . . .
Edited to add: per reader requests, I’m including some close-up shots of the teepee parts, in case you’d like to build some of your own. It’s winter here now, so the plants don’t look so good, but at least you can really see the construction! We’re currently working on creating a supply list and construction plans, so stay tunedPin It