Pole beans are among the easiest legumes to grow, especially when trained up a trellis to reduce bending and stooping at harvest time. A strong support is essential for a productive pole bean crop. For each trellis, build a quick, inexpensive tepee. Wind twine around the poles from top to bottom to create a ladder for the vines in your edible garden.
Tips for Great Beans
Construct a tepee or other trellis to support pole beans before seeding to avoid damaging plant roots later. Tie bamboo stakes together with garden twine to form a tepee and create a season-long support for the vigorous pole beans. Sink stakes at least 12 inches into the ground.
After the chance of frost has passed, plant bean seeds directly into loose, well-tilled garden soil. Don’t start beans inside; they do not like to be transplanted. The standard green bean or string bean is usually top-of-mind, but there are other easy-to-grow favorites. Above are three tasty beans that are good climbers: wax beans (left), rattlesnake beans (center), and scarlet runner beans (right).
Harvest beans when the pods are full, crisp, and fully elongated but before the seeds within the pods are fully developed. For a longer bean harvest, pick the pole beans every couple of days. Continuously picking beans from the stem encourages new growths.
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