Grow a Pole Bean Hut to Enchant Garden Visitors

| 1/23/2017 12:19:00 PM

Tags: gardening with children, permaculture, beans, pole beans, gourds, Maryland, Ilene White Freedman,

I have always wanted to grow a bean hut. I was inspired by the book Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots years ago, but the fun projects always get pushed to the bottom of the list. We finally made it happen last summer at House in the Woods Farm.

Our CSA members come to the farm weekly to pick up their share of the harvest. A bean hut is a great way to engage children on the farm or in the garden. I enjoyed watching the children’s eyes widen when they could finally see the purple beans hanging from the vines. Their grownups would pick them up so the kids could stretch up and pick a long purple bean from the roof of the hut.

It was so easy to set up — I am not sure why it took so long to bring to fruition. Here is how we did it.

Designing a Bean Pole Hut

We propped up a 16-foot cattle panel, folded over longwise into a trellis. It makes a nice rounded walkway, like a gateway into our garden. With our panel folded over, came out over 6 feet tall and about 5 feet wide. We secured down a strip of plastic mulch under the panel on each side, to keep down weeds where the beans are planted.

Our mulch went all the way across the trellis, but strips on either side under the panel would be sufficient. We set the trellis over it, pressing it into the soil a bit to take hold. Holes for the beans go on the outside edge of the trellis every few inches. The bonus is that the trellis is set up and ready for next season, too.

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