My Dad gave us a handful of his giant bean seeds at the end of the last growing season. We’ve been pretty excited about growing those beans in our own garden–his were like, 10-feet tall and loaded, and I hoped to experience similarly here because plants of that magnitude are kind of cool for kids to cultivate. Since last fall those beans became the topic of many garden planning conversations, and the leading prompt for many childish renditions of “beans, beans, the magical fruit.” It’s been a few years since I sprouted any plants from seed, but these took a unusually long time to crack while wrapped in a damp paper towel housed around the inside edge of a glass in a sunny window, elementary-school science class-style. But, you know, made it happen (fist bump).
I almost thought I wouldn’t get them sprouted to go into the ground on the timeline I had set for myself, which coincided with a great post deadline that I had with DIY Network. That seems par for the course, as the garden itself seems a little delayed this year; strawberries are still on the small side, and the tomato seedlings birthed by my parents are also about 1/4 of the size I would expect them to be; on the plus side, I’m feeling pretty optimistic about the green bell pepper plants (store bought), and our blueberries and raspberries are recovering nicely from the cold winter, so one way or another it’s going to be a good year. Photo below by Pete, who has now on more than one occasion caught me gardening during a flash downpour while wearing a white t-shirt. Go figure.
Back to the beans.
They had to be able to grow tall in our garden, so I created what’s possibly the best, very low-cost trellis using PVC pipe, rebar, and twine. And not only is it awesome in person and easy to make, it’s kind of a big deal because it was the first “How to” style content that I prepared for DIYNetwork.com, separate from the projects posted on its blog Made + Remade! And it only cost like, $10. And there’s no way it’ll ever blow over. Check out the full tutorial with lots of photos right here.
If you missed out on the post overviewing the garden expansion I undertook this year, check it out here. It’s going to be a good season!