Green bean variety that tends to climb requires stable support. Trellis is one common framework used for a plant that requires support such as green beans.
Green bean is a type of common bean and they are the unripe variety of beans. They are a popular staple that makes up part of our diet. This bean is also referred to by different names such as string bean, snap bean, French bean, and snaps.
Green beans come in two varieties namely pole bean and bush bean. The bush bean does not require support. But the pole beans will usually require support.
It is only ideal for growers to support their green bean that tends to grow in a climbing manner. This is why we will be looking at green bean trellis.
About Green Beans
Green bean is a type of common bean. It originated from Central America and South America. It has been researched that these green beans have been cultivated in Mexico and Peru for thousands of years.
Green beans were grown by North Americans and these beans were planted with corn to allow it to grow up a stalk with the corn. As of today, the green bean is an essential crop known almost everywhere.
Why Green Bean Require Supports
As we mentioned, green beans come in two varieties which are bush beans and pole beans. The major difference between these two beans varieties is their growing styles.
- Bush beans tend to grow in a bushy manner or compactly and can attain up to two feet height. Therefore this green beans variety doesn’t require support.
- On the other hand, pole beans growing style is vining and can attain 10 to 15 feet height. Therefore this bean variety requires support such as trellis or staking.
So, for the purpose of this article, let’s look into how to support your green bean plant using a trellis.
Choosing The Right Trellis For Green Beans
There are different types of trellis you can use to support your vining green bean and help maximize growth and production.
Choosing the ideal type of bean trellis will depend on your personal preference, availability of garden space, durability, and budget. So, put these in mind when selecting the type of trellis to use in your garden.
The common trellis you can go for include:
- Teepee Trellis
- String trellises
- Livestock panels
Let’s dive in further by looking at their details and how to build them.
Types Of Trellis To Use And How To Build Them
So, here are the details of the types of green bean fence or trellis you can use for your pole bean variety and how to build them:
1. Teepee Trellis
Teepee trellis is easy and inexpensive to make. Also, if you’re short of garden space, teepee trellis may just be what you need.
To build teepee trellis, you will need
- 5 to 7 bamboo poles or sturdy branches (should be 8 to 10 feet tall)
- Twines, ropes, or wire
To begin, dig up the soil in your garden and push the end of each pole about 6 inches into the ground. Then the spacing for each pole should be about 6 to 10 inches apart. Cover up the hole by packing the soil around the poles firmly.
Then carefully bend the tops of the poles inwards aiming towards the center of the circle. Ensure this is done slowly and carefully to avoid snapping the poles. Once this is done, use the rope, twine, or wire to bind the gathered top poles together. Secure them well and tie the knot.
You now plant your pole bean seeds or seedlings around the base leg of each pole. Green beans tend to grow rapidly. As they grow, they will climb to the top of the pole.
You can also train the plant by carefully wrapping the seedlings on the twine. But most times, they tend to climb on their own. But you can do this just to help any stray plant that goes in the wrong direction.
2. String Or Twine Trellises
String trellises tend to be time-consuming to construct. But they are also less expensive to construct. Here’s what you’ll require to build a string trellis:
- Posthole digger
- 3-inch deck screw
- String or twine
- Garden staples
- 2 by 4-inch lumber or timber
- 8 to 10-foot post
Using a post hole digger, dig a hole of about 8 to 10 inches at each end of the bean row. The holes should be spaced 6 feet apart. Dig in a 6 to 8-foot wooden post into each hole. Secure them firmly.
Create a top crossbar by laying a 2 by 4 on the top of the posts. With the help of a drill and 3-inch deck screw, attach the board to the post. Then push garden staples into the ground between the two posts and the staples should be spaced 6 inches apart. Do this process again for the row on the other side.
The end of the garden length string or twine should be tied to one end of the crossbar. The string or twine should be looped into the round and under the first staple. Keep on looping the string through the staples and over the crossbar until you get to the end. Tie it off and cut off the excess string.
Then plant your beans beneath the structure and watch it grow and climb up the string.
3. Livestock Panels
The livestock panel can be used multiple times. This type of trellis often measures about 16 feet long and 5 feet wide.
For an easy-to-construct trellis, allow the livestock panels to lean horizontally or vertically against your garden wall. Then sow your seeds beneath and the vines will grow up and over it.
Additional Say: Green Bean Trellis
Building green bean trellis is needed to support your vining pole bean. This way, they can grow to flourish as well as maximize production at the end of their growing season.
So, follow our guidelines on how to build trellis for your pole beans variety.