Pole Bean Tepee Hideaway

Pole Bean Teepee Hideaway

Pole Bean Teepee Hideaway

Right before we went on vacation, we started a project that will be fun for the boys if it works out as planned. We tied some poles together, laced them up with twine, and dug out a trench from our yard around the base of the thing.

Pole beans growing

Pole beans growing

We planted pole bean seeds in the little trench.  The intention is that the pole beans will climb the tepee and completely cover it, making a little tent for the boys to not only play in, but also snack in, straight from the garden!

View from the back

View from the back

The conclusion of this project can be found in this post.

16 responses to this post.

  1. What a cool idea!

  2. Posted by sarabclever on June 22, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    That looks great! Would love to try that someday.

  3. I would love to do this, but I have a dog that destroys everything in the yard. This is such a great idea!

  4. Thanks everyone! The plants are being VERY slow to grow. I think I’m going to need to sidedress with some compost and carefully remove a bit more sod. The grass seems to be either outcompeting the beans, crowding it’s roots, or both.

  5. Try a mixture of 1 part peat, 1 part coarse vermiculite, and 1 part compost. In the 1 part compost try to get as many different kinds of compost into that one part. EX. You have 1.25 gals as 1 part. Divide that by 5 and get 1 qt each of 5 kinds of compost.
    So: 1.25(5 qts) gals peat
    1.25(5 qts) gals vermiculite
    1 qt compost A 1 qt compost C 1 qt compost E
    1 qt ” B 1 qt ” D
    Put this in the trench instead of the dirt. You will get fantastic results!

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  7. Posted by Jo on July 24, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Would this work for cucumbers? My vines are out of control!

  8. Posted by fairy essary on July 31, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I want to try this next spring.where sid you get the poles? how do you ancker them

    • Those are hollow metal poles covered in green plastic that just stick into the ground. They were purchased at a local store.

    • Posted by sheri on May 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Home depot & lowes have these green poles & are pointed on one end to go into ground…they range from 5.47 to 5.89 a piece…

  9. Posted by Donna on October 20, 2013 at 1:13 am

    If you want something that grows fast and climbs, try the sweet potato vine. It grows crazy fast. I have to trim mine back at least three times over the summer months. Live in Texas.

  10. Posted by Kiwi23 on April 8, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Wow, try to make a permanent one and plant a passion fruit vine. Be great for the kids to play in also

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