What Is A Bean House: Learn How To Grow A House Made Of Beans

By: Mary Ellen Ellis

A house made of beans may sound like something from achildren’s book, but it’s actually a very useful garden structure. A bean houseis a style of trellising vines for growingbeans. If you love this spring vegetable, but have struggled to harvestthem or create a support that you like the look of, think about constructing abean trellis house.

What is a Bean House?

A bean house or bean trellis house simply refers to astructure that creates a house – or tunnel-like shape – for growing beans. Thevines grow up the structure and cover the sides and top so that you get whatlooks like a small house made of bean vines.

The main difference between this and a trellis is that thehouse allows the vines to spread farther in a vertical direction, and even overthe top. This is beneficial because it allows the vines to get more sun, sothey will likely produce more. It also makes it easier for you come harvesttime. With the vines more spread out, it is easier to find each and every bean.

Another good reason to build a bean house is that it’s fun.Use your imagination to create a structure that suits your garden and that isinviting. If you make it large enough, you can even sit inside and enjoy a niceshady spot in the garden.

How to Make a Bean House

You can construct a bean support structure out of just aboutanything. Use leftover lumber or scrap wood, PVC pipes, metal poles, or evenexisting structures. An old swing set your kids no longer use makes a greathouse-like structure.

The shape of your bean house can be simple. A triangleshape, like a swing set, is easy to construct. A square base with four sidesand a triangle roof is another easy shape that looks like a basic house. Alsoconsider a teepee-shapedstructure, another simple shape to build.

Whichever shape you choose, once you have your structure,you’ll need some support in addition to the structure’s frame. String is aneasy solution. Run string or twine between the bottom and the top of thestructure to get more vertical support. Your beans will also benefit from somehorizontal strings—picture a grid made out of string.

With a bean house in your vegetable garden this year, you’llget a better harvest and enjoy a pretty new structure and whimsical spot totake a break from garden chores.

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Upgrade Your Garden With a DIY Bean House This Spring

This makes growing veggies so easy.

Beans are a spring garden must-have: they're easy to grow, they require almost zero maintenance, and they're incredible high-yielding (you can expect to find and pick fresh ones every day). Though you could grow them in bushes, you'll get much more bang for your buck by growing them vertically with a support system, like one of these pretty and efficient DIY bean houses.

Whether fashioned into small structures, arches, tunnels, or teepee shapes, these bean houses make it easy to pick your vegetables from all angles, give the plants more room to grow, and they add some interest to your outdoor space. The best part? It's pretty easy to make one from scratch for less than $100, thanks to this tutorial from Gardenista.

Prior to building their own bean house, April and Mike, the owners of Wahsega Valley Farm, worked with short bean trellises, but they weren't able to access all the beans their plants produced. "[They were] not easy to get underneath to gather beans growing inside them," April told Gardenista. They built their bean tunnels with just three materials: a series of metal poles, 90-degree copper elbows, and a roll of 14-gauge welded wire.

For parents and grandparents, you can build yours in a tepee shape that youngsters will love with this tutorial from Happiness is Homemade. The garden "playhouse" will take shape as the beans work their way up the the stakes.

Get the full tutorial at Gardenista, and check out these 25 creative ways to plant a vertical garden for more ideas.

How to Grow Runner Beans in a Greenhouse

They are the same bean, but the bush bean stays small and the pole beans, well, they climb poles! Since our temperatures can fluctuate so much from morning to night, we decided to not take any chances and plant the beans in the Greenhouse. Beans do NOT like a frost.

Our Greenhouse has served us really well and we have been able to grow lots of beans, tomatoes and peppers. 10 mm poly is recommended for covering Greenhouses, but we used regular Builder’s Poly (6mm) that we had left over from building projects.

We built our greenhouse right over the manure and compost piles, saving us a lot of time and ensuring great soil. Here’s how we built a simple DIY Greenhouse for under 200!

If you’re thinking of building your own greenhouse (and why not?) here’s a great book to get some ideas from. I bought it the year before we built ours and had the chance to read it over several times. There are a lot of great tips and hints in the book.

Can I Grow Green Beans in a Greenhouse?

Yes! You absolutely can grow green beans in a greenhouse or a hoophouse. If you have a soil floor in the greenhouse, you can just plant beans seeds (or bean seedlings) right into the ground.

If you have a small garden or a small greenhouse, I would recommend growing pole beans as you get much larger harvests in a small space.

Is a Greenhouse Necessary to Grow Green Beans?

No, not all. You don’t need a greenhouse to grow beans.

People can grow beans outside here in Zone 3, but remember that beans are a heat loving plant and cannot take any frost. Whether you can grow them outside in your garden depends on your night time temperatures.

When I do grow beans in the vegetable garden, I grow bush beans. Then I cover the rows with Remay cloth every evening and remove it every morning.

This can get to be quite a pain on the daily chore list and if I even forget ONE time to put the cover back on, I may pay the price. It depends on how cool it gets that same evening.

The beans may be fine in the morning or they could be frosted over – they can never come back from that.

A cucumber trellis can be as simple as a pallet supported by 2 wood posts. ( Via Lovely Greens )

Make sure to look for pallets with HT stamps which means they are heat treated instead of chemical treated. Here’s a detailed guide on how to find and use pallets in home and garden projects.

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