I tried a little different way to put up a trellis for the pole beans this year. The past few years I’ve used Trellinet netting tied to bamboo and metal poles. This year I used some 59″ tall Hortonova trellis material. This netting has a 6″ by 7″ opening, and can be used for a variety of vegetables besides beans, including tomatoes, melons and cucumbers.
I had hoped to find 8 foot tall metal t-posts, and sink them 18 inches in the ground. That way I could hang the trellis at least a foot off the ground and give the beans a little extra vertical support. But the longest posts I could find were 7 footers. So the finished trellis wound up a little shorter than I planned, but it still should provide good support for the pole beans to run on. I set the metal posts about 10 feet apart, and used bamboo stakes in between to add a little extra support. My experience in the past with pole beans is that the more support, the better!
One thing I did different this year was to run some 1/4″ poly rope along the top of the posts to support the trellis. I looped the rope around the t-posts to secure it, using the metal tabs on the post. Then I strung the netting down the length of the row. I secured the netting to the t-posts, bamboo stakes and the poly rope using some coated Twist Tie Garden Wire. I watched a video from Victory Seeds that did a great job of explaining how they set up their trellises for pole beans, and modeled mine much like theirs. I’m not quite as quick as the fellows in the video, but the 50 foot long trellis went up in no time.
The garden wire I used is UV treated to last longer, and is soft and flexible. It was perfect for securing the netting to the posts and rope. It is my first time using this product, but it will be handy for a lot of garden tasks.
Right now all I have planted in that row is some Golden Sweet snow peas. I’m going to wait about a week before planting the pole beans. I want to let the soil warm up thoroughly before putting the seed in the ground. I’m planting a variety of snap and shell beans this year, including old standbys like Fortex and Musica plus newcomers (here) like Trail of Tears and Rattlesnake. I did plant some Purple Queen bush beans the other day in another spot. They should be up in a day or two, and with any luck should give us our first taste of snap beans.
I will be sure and post an update later in the season and share how the new trellis is performing. Hopefully it will be loaded up with lots of beans for us to enjoy!