Building A Bean Teepee

Ever since I saw a picture of a bean teepee, I’ve wanted to build one. I think that was several years ago. This year, I finally felt like I could spend the time and effort on it, and with the yard almost fenced off now, there is little danger of the chickens devouring tender seedlings.
So I built one!
I started by digging a trench in a circle (just eyeballed it) about 10 inches deep, leaving a section for the opening.
Then I cut some thin poles from the woods behind our house, mostly fallen dead stuff. I tied 3 together with fishing line and stood them up in the trench.

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Sadie couldn’t wait to start playing in it.
After another couple of trips to the woods during naptime for more poles, I propped them around the other 3, evenly spacing them at the bottom, then tied them all together again at the top with fishing line.
I brought up a load of composted horse manure and filled in the trench, just cause I had lots and the soil there is pretty sandy and rocky.

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I started pushing the dirt back over the compost, but since I was using the manure fork with lots of tines about 3/4 of an inch apart, I ended up sifting out all the rocks bigger than 3/4 of an inch and got half a wheelbarrow full.

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The beans were all up in the greenhouse waiting to go out.

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They were planted around the base of the teepee.

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They don’t look very big, but by the end of the summer, they should have mostly covered the poles. I planted Blue Lake Pole Beans, 2 at each pole. There are also 5 butternut squash plants around the base. They were started from seed collected from a squash I bought last year. They should spread out and cover the ground around the teepee.
I can see it all in my head and it looks great. Hopefully the picture in my head will match the one I take at the end of the season.
While I was in business building the teepee, I figured I might as well build some more (I have lots more beans), so I built little ones in 2 planters in the yard. 2 bean plants at each pole and nasturtium between them.

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What can I say? I like landscaping with edible plants.
I have one more planter to set up, but it’s full of rhubarb and I have to dig a trench in very hard ground and bring up some more compost to put in it before I can move the rhubarb. I will have to do it soon though, cause I’m also going to plant 3 spaghetti squash seedlings in the trench with the rhubarb cause there’s no room anywhere else, and I can’t plant it next to any other squashes or they’ll cross pollinate and make some wierd new breed.
A couple varieties of heritage beans actually sprouted this year too, so I planted them in 2 different areas of the garden. If I get any beans off them, I’ll save them for seed next year and maybe one day I’ll have enough beans that I won’t have to buy the dried ones anymore.
I’ll try to show you the rest of my garden soon!

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