Growing beans on a trellis is the most productive and visually attractive way to grow green beans in your backyard garden.
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Green beans are one of our favorite garden veggies. We eat them fresh quite a lot and we also freeze as many as we can for winter. We have found that the most productive way to grow them is growing beans on a trellis using pole varieties.
This week 5 Minute Friday video is a quick look at this year’s bean trellis and the video explains why growing beans on a trellis is the best way to do it. Please go check out the video here:
Growing Beans on a Trellis – Video Demo
Here’s a shot of our bean trellis this year. It is loaded with vines and they are really producing well. Growing Beans on a trellis is much more productive for the same amount of space. Our trellis this year is 10 feet long. Its total footprint in the garden is only about 1 foot wide by 10 foot long. But it produces much more in that same amount of space as bush varieties would.
Now don’t get me wrong. Bush bean varieties have their place, and I grow some almost every year. Bush beans are great for filling in empty spots in your garden and are perfect for late-season plantings as they mature in only about 60 days.
But pole beans grown on a trellis produce many times the number of beans in the same space. Pole Beans do take a little longer to mature (more like 75 to 80 days) but once they start producing they will outshine bush beans!
Our Bean Trellis Set up
Our bean trellis is a simple setup. I just ripped some 2 x 4’s in half on my table saw. Then I pound 3 of these boards 2 feet deep into the ground. Then I run another board across the top.
As your bean plants begin to put out vine runners you simply train them to climb the Garden Twine. Once you get them started going in the right direction they pretty much take care of themselves. Keep in mind if you live in a windy area that your trellis will get top-heavy as the season progresses. It’s not a bad idea to add some steel fence posts next to a couple of your posts to reinforce them against the wind.
Growing Beans on a trellis is our go-to option for our backyard garden. This season try your own simple trellis and you will have your best crop of green beans ever!!