Here at Round Pond Estate, we find some plants and crops produce better when grown vertically off the ground. In place of purchasing expensive garden structures from your local nursery, we have put together simple DIY steps in creating a garden structure in your own backyard. We have recruited our fantastic Master Garden Curators, Daphne & Laura, to walk us through these simple steps on how to build a beautiful garden structure.
Building a DIY Garden Structure
- 6 Bamboo Poles - 6 to 8 feet tall [you can reuse these poles from year to year]
- Garden Twine
- Bean Plants
Step 1: Determine The Size
Draw a circle on the ground for the diameter you wish the structure to be.
Step 2: Placing Your Poles To Create A Tepee Structure
Place poles evenly around the circle. Depending on the softness of the soil, you will either be able to push the poles into the ground yourself (shown below with a little force) or by digging a narrow hole for each pole. Once all the poles are placed in a circle in the ground, lean the poles into the center and tie them securely with garden twine (we recommend tying the twine around the poles and then weaving in between poles for maximum strength).
Step 3: Layering The Twine
To help train your plants to grow up the tepee structure, we create a twine web around the tepee. Starting about 12 inches off the base of your garden structure, tie the twine with a slipknot around the first pole. Then continue running the twine around each pole until you are back at the starting knot, having created a taut circle around the tepee. Then begin a new line at least 6" above the first one. Continue until the top of your tepee. This will allow your plant to attach its tendrils onto the twine as it grows vertically.
Step 4: Plant Your Beans & Training Tendrils
We recommend planting your beans (or other crops) near each post to give the plant more structure to begin growth. For more information on planting, visit our Seed to Table Series: Planting the Seedlings. With the existing plant tendrils, place or wrap around the twine to encourage growth.
Step 5: Do A Daily Check
Check on your bean plants daily, placing new tendrils on the higher length of twine. With encouragement, the plants will continue to grow all of the way to the top of your structure - providing you with a larger crop of beans!
Other DIY Structures Found In Our Estate Gardens:
Of course, the structure that we are demonstrating is just one of many that you may build - check out some of the other structures that we have in our garden. Don't be afraid to use your creativity also!