Today we’re taking you through building your own climbing frame for any peas or beans that you may be growing this year. Climbing vegetables need a frame to grow up as they can get to quite a height and need the support.
Note: The size of your climbing bean frame will depend on the size of the area you have planted your beans in, therefore, measurements for your frame should be adjusted accordingly.
- We constructed the frame for our climbing beans over a raised bed where we planned to grow the beans.
Way back in early Spring we prepped this bed and sowed our climbing garden peas in it. You can read how we did that by clicking right here.
Unfortunately due to the very late Spring and hard frost, insects and possibly the birds, we lost a few of our plants so we’ve supplemented them with some pea plug plants that we bought. This happens, it’s no great shakes, and as you well know you have to roll with the punches when it comes to gardening, as each and every year will be different.
- To begin building the frame we positioned two wooden posts into either end of the raised bed, making sure that posts stood on the outside of the beds for extra support.
- And then hammered them into the ground so they didn’t move.
- We then added a further wooden post across the top of the two vertical posts and secured it in place with a couple of nails…
- …at each end.
- We then added the netting to the frame.
- For this we used a standard garden netting (with a mesh size of approx 15mm) and draped it over the the frame to create a tent style effect, this way the beans/peas would be able to grow up the netting with the support of the frame to lean against.
- We used plastic garden pegs to secure the netting into the soil.
- Leaving a couple of inches space between the netting and the planted peas.
- We secured the netting to the raised bed at either end using some hook nails.
- In order to be able to weed the inner part of the raised bed area during the summer months, we left the ends of the netting loose and just secured the it to the posts with some garden tie to make it look a little neater.
- And now we just wait for our peas and beans to grow.
- ….and grow.
Thanks to our baby brother Nathan (pictured) who helped us make this frame.
See you tomorrow. It’s been a busy weekend for Cherry and her tummy and it all looks like it’s very close to kicking off now. I hope for Cherry, and her minimal lung and stomach capacity that this is true.
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