The Final Touch: A Pole Bean Trellis

Our vegetable garden has slowly evolved over the last four years.  But this past week, we have finally reached what was first envisioned.

Here are the befores, durings, and afters.  Enjoy!


Our very first vegetable garden perched atop the sunny hill. This is the only suitable location which has enough sunlight.


It was quite a mess of marigolds and tomatoes.


For our pole beans, Josh rigged up some pipes and netting.


Then we decided to add more structure and better soil by making raised beds.


Each season, we added another raised bed until all three were complete. The two on the left are squares and the raised bed on the right is a long rectangle. We still used the pipes for our pole beans. It worked…..except for when a wind storm knocked it down!


Last week, we decided to add the finishing touches to our raised beds: I stained all the wood boxes and Josh created a pole bean trellis between the two square raised beds.


Doesn’t it look great??? It will soon be covered in green….


Josh drilled in the screws while I wrapped the twine up and down. The beans are almost ready to start climbing it.


Our sugar peas are in full production! We’ve been picking them over the past few days, and we’ll have our first taste tomorrow.


Here is what we are growing this year.


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10 Responses to The Final Touch: A Pole Bean Trellis

  1. nancynurse86 says:

    Wow Ange I love it! It’s so neat to see how it’s developed over the years. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect and top notch from the start right! I would love to visit this summer and see everything in person – walking through that bean trellis when they are in full throttle will be neat.

    • Thanks! And I totally agree that things take time and don’t need to be perfect right away. Another case in point is my basement. I’m nearing the finish line, but still have a bit more to do. 🙂 Also, I would love to have you come by! You know that you are always more than welcome, even for a last-minute visit.

  2. coletrain77 says:

    Ange, you are amazing (and Josh, too!)! Good for you! It will be fun enjoying your fresh veggies this summer. Are you going to do any canning???

    • Thanks, Niccy. I DO love fresh vegetables. Alas, I’ve never done any canning yet, but I think with all these beans, I’m going to have to learn how to do it. There’s only so many beans that one can eat fresh from the garden….

  3. Joanne says:

    Wow! I’m in awe! I have three pots outside – one with chives gone crazy, one with a few scraggly mint stems and one with a small parsley plant. That’s the extent of my veggie garden! Good for you! Also makes me feel a little less anxious about getting everything done perfectly before moving in our new house. It seems like the Dutchies have the tendency to have everything perfectly arranged before they move into their new house here. That sure ain’t happening with us!

    • Sometimes I wish that everything was perfect (time and money don’t let that happen), but in the end, I think all the hours spent in camaraderie and dreaming (and pulling out our hair) make life more interesting. 😉

  4. Lora says:

    Wow! Makes my two four square gardens look tiny. I have the pipe and netting for our pole beans, but only a four foot stretch. We’re growing lots of varieties of tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, lettuce, basil and watermelon. Lots bruschetta this summer! I think you need a nice bench and little table up there to sit and bask in the results of your work!

  5. alice s. says:

    Oh, Andrea! That is awesome! Very impressive! Think what a lovely arbor it will be to sit under once it’s all grown with beans. Gezellig!

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