Easy Beans - Tipi Style


February/March 2001


Content Tools

Related Content

EZ Tomato Cages Provide Support Lacking in Other Brands

EZ Tomato Cages are collapsible and sturdy unlike many currently on the market.

Natural Home Kitchenware: Truly Formaldehyde-Free

Natural Home bamboo kitchen tools are made without formaldehyde or other harmful additives, through ...

Purple Hull Peas?

So, what are Purple Hull Peas? They are a green shelled pea that cooks into a creamy, yummy delight...

Don’t Be Bamboozled by Bamboo Fabrics

The Federal Trade Commission has announced that some bamboo fabrics are actually made of rayon. Four...

Growing beans on tipis is a great way to maximize your growing space. While beans, peas, gourds or other vinous plants grow up along the tipi poles, you can plant semihardy crops, such as lettuce, in the space underneath. The shade from the vines keeps the undercrop cool, which can extend its season by as much as three weeks, depending on your USDA zone.

You can make the poles from any material you like - bamboo to fiberglass. I prefer to make my own from scrap lumber, ripping it into 3/4" squares the length of the wood. The poles should be at least 7' long, but this will vary depending on the height requirements of your plants. Between 8' to 10' are the best all around sizes.

For each tipi you'll need six stakes and about two yards of twine.

1 Mark three of the stakes 18" to 20" from the top. 2 Lay them out on the ground, with the two outside stakes on the left and the middle one on the right. Line up the marks. 3 Tie the twine to one of the outside stakes and weave it over and under all the stakes at least twice. Now, draw the woven line tight after wrapping the twine around the woven cord between each set of stakes. Do this at least twice and pull tight . 4 Tie off the twine. 5 Stand the unit up and spread the legs evenly the width of your bed (normally 30" to 36"). 6 Fit the remaining poles around the standing unit. 7 Wrap the balance of the twine around all six stakes where they cross, pulling as tightly as you can, and tie off on one of the original stakes.

You can topjoin a row of tipis by laying a stake across them. If you go this route, leave enough twine to tie the top stake to the standing unit.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.