Mike Jay wrote:Hi James, welcome to Permies! I've done the sunflower stalk bean trellis for a couple years now. It's nice to be able to grow my own bamboo replacement. I haven't tried teepees yet but I use them with t posts and wire.
I put a 7.5' t post about every 8 feet in the row. Then I run old electrical wire along the tops of the posts. Then I lean the sunflower stalks against the wire. Lastly I use twine and tie the sunflowers to the wire. That is the least efficient part of the process, I need to figure out a way to make that go easier. But it does allow for different cool patterns. In this photo I did a crisscrossing pattern. Another year I had them start at the middle and flare out as they hit the wire. One of these years I'll put the t posts and wire in one row and lean the sunflowers over to it from the next row over. Maybe get a tunnel of beans going.
paul wheaton wrote:I was thinking about using baling twine until you mentioned composting all of it. That makes the baling twine idea not so good.
James Sullivan wrote:My daughter and I put in a bean pole teepee this year. Was saving poles to make a regular teepee just don't have anything to cover it. We used some bird netting at the bottom in an attempt to keep animals away.
James Sullivan wrote:My daughter and I put in a bean pole teepee this year.