If you’ve ever had to do it, you’ll probably have realised that growing up ain’t easy. In fact, I’m not 100% sure I’ve mastered it even now. But don’t despair; you’re not alone. Your beans know how you feel.
And not just your beans. Your peas, your cucumbers, your tomatoes – they all like a helping hand to grow up healthy instead of becoming a sprawled out mess on the ground. Of course around here we like to be pretty hands on in raising our babies. No expensive props from Bunnings. Oh no! It’s DIY all the way. Much like with our actual babies 😉
So we made a trellis for our beans. The cucumbers are gamely trying to go along for the ride. And I wouldn’t be me if I hadn’t used recycled materials :-p
Making a trellis is EASY. All you need is some old fence palings (or any timber lengths you’ve got hanging about), some screws, a couple of hinges, chicken wire and staples.
The Mister used some old fences we bought from the tip shop a while back, just taken apart and de-nailed. He used 8 pieces: 4 long, 4 short. Long are about 6ft, short about 4ft. You want to use the screws to knock together two rectangular frames. So use two long pieces joined by two short pieces.
Once you’ve got your two frames you need to hinge them together at the top. Luckily we had some used hinges left over from pulling out the old kitchen. Waste not, want not! Prop up your frame and cover in chicken wire. It’s easiest if you just staple it on with a staple gun.
(Remember a while back i had to puppy-proof some fences? Well, he’s grown so I could take back the wire to reuse here).
Now position the trellis in your bean patch.
The Mister is a thinker, so when he made the frames he put the bottom horizontal piece a few inches up from the bottom. This means we can wiggle the frame down into the soil to stop it blowing over in a storm. We’ve had a couple of doozys already and it’s held up no problems.
We made the frame only as wide as the bean patch, but you could make it wider if you have a larger patch. Personally, I would go with making two frames so that it doesn’t become unwieldly to move.
At the end of bean season the frame can be folded up and put away in the garden shed until next year. Or easily moved to another part of the garden to support its next crop.
We’ve decided to let the cucumbers have a bit more of a spirited upbringing. They are rambling across the ground between the potatoes and the beans. One plant is trying to tag along with the beans. Seems some one likes the comfort of boundaries.
Do you have any wayward children growing in your garden?