Unfortunately, we didn’t move the old bean and cucumber trellises with us, and I didn’t have the scrap wood (or the ambition) this year to build something new.
Menard’s sells 10′ PVC Pipes for 97¢. Five of those, plus a bit of hemp twine, makes a really nice bean teepee. I dug each pole 1 foot into the ground to make sure the winds wouldn’t take them down this summer.
The blue hoops are my “melon loops” – also PVC pipe (the flexible kind that comes in a roll). I actually have tomatoes planted under these ones; the melons are in the next two rows over. Six years of wire tomato cages have driven me nuts; I’m hoping that tying the vines to these will be a new solution.
The cucumbers will (hopefully) vine on the two arbors, and also on the decorative little fence I built around the garden this year.
Thanks for the follow on twitter, and I wish I had seen this idea before I had staked my green beans.
That is awesome. We have one volunteer pea plant this year, which is arguably doing better than all of the pea plants we planted last year combined. I put a 5′ bamboo pole in the ground, but it has outgrown it. Maybe what I need is a giant PVC teepee!