If you grow pole beans you will need a green bean trellis. Here is a description of what I use: I started with 2 T-trellis poles (a pole with a bar across the top so it looks like a “T”) from Home Depot.
They are 5.5 feet high once they are pushed into the ground. I put them 11 feet apart in a line facing each other. Next I put a 7.5 feet high tomato cage between them. I grew cukes on this tomato cage.
I ran twine from the ground up (using anchor pins in the ground) to the top of the “T” and then up at a slant to the tomato cage from each side. The pole beans grow up the twine. I like this method because it allows for a fast clean-up after the first freeze. I take the bean vines and the twine and throw them all in the compost bin. It does take some time to set up all the twine but for me this is a lot easier than picking dead vines out of a wire fence. Pictures are worth a thousand words.
Above you can see the pole beans starting to grow up the twine. To the right you can see the structure created by the pole beans growing on the twine creating what looks like an archway.
This method works nicely for me. It is easy to pick the green beans on each side of the “T” trellis and also hanging from the twine as it goes up to the tomato cage. The green beans at the top of the tomato cage are too high for me to reach so I get a chair or someone tall to pick them. It is very satisfying to go out picking and seeing all the green beans hanging down so beautifully ready to pick. (See pics in the last post.)
It is easy to grow green beans. One decision is whether to grow bush beans or pole beans. Both types produce great green beans. Bush beans grow 1-2 feet high and don’t need any support , whereas pole beans need some type of support to grow on. I don’t like picking bush beans because I don’t like to bend down to pick them. The disadvantage to growing pole beans is that you have to supply supports for them to grow up. The advantage is that the plants keep producing green beans, much longer than the bush beans. Pole beans can produce green beans right up until the first frost. Bush beans produce for a shorter time period. The pole beans that I grow have a particularly beautiful pink flower as you can see from the picture.
Grow Green Beans! Harvesting Pole Beans for a While Now
I like growing pole beans because they keep producing green beans. I am still harvesting green beans and it is October. I also like to watch them grow. They are so exuberant and love to keep growing upward. When they have grown as high as the supports they keep sending up stems waving around in the air trying to find something else to grow on. They are truly like the beans in Jack and the Beanstalk because it seems like they would grow upwards forever! I love to go out and pick them and see all the lovely green beans hanging down waiting to be picked and eaten! And then a few days later there are a bunch more dangling in all their beauty! You can see the twine which I use for supporting the green beans towards the top of this picture. More about that in the next post!