Runner Bean house

I’ve started to plant up the extended kitchen garden. First in were the runner beans. They have been growing quite nicely in the greenhouse.

I like to reserve a few plants to make a runner bean house for the children. The idea is that as the runner beans grow their stems and leaves make the walls. Each plant has its own pole to climb up.  This has been so successful in the last two years. AJ got a real kick out of being sent out to fetch runner beans, last year.

We’ve used hazel branches, that we cut from our trees, for the last two years. We’ve used the same ones for two years, but they did not survive the winter, so I bought some bean poles. I went down to the local farm shop, which is an Aladdins cave of a place. The sort of place that you can buy nails by the weight, along with the poultry food and chicken arks. The notice board is full of handwritten adverts for springer puppies, chickens, goats and ferrets, along with horse sharing. The bean poles are long. I had great fun squeezing them through a gap in the dog guard in my car, but I did it.

In retrospect, I might have made a bigger circle, and crossed the poles lower down. In the past I have found it best to arrange the poles and then plant. I just wanted to get the plants in. I’ve kept a few extra bean plants back, just in case these planted ones do not survive the local wildlife. I don’t want huge gaping holes in the bean walls. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. And my toes. Maybe I’ll plant a second runner bean house this year. It will give them a second camp to hide out it. Oh and more beans!

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12 thoughts on “Runner Bean house

  • Tuesday 11 May, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    The beans look good, hope the slugs don’t get them!

    • Tuesday 11 May, 2010 at 8:56 pm

      Me, too. Not wishing to tempt fate, but that area is not too bad in terms of slugs and snails. I am keeping an eye out and have crushed egg shells at the ready.

  • Wednesday 12 May, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    This is a great idea! We can plant beans again in July… I would so love to do this!

    • Wednesday 12 May, 2010 at 8:34 pm

      Amanda, I guess it will be a bit like your sunflower house. Provide natual shade in the garden and a fun hide away. Plus you can eat it. Let me know if you do it. I’d love to see how it grows.

  • Friday 14 May, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    What a fabulous idea. Wish we had the room!

    • Friday 14 May, 2010 at 5:33 pm

      It does take up room, although I guess if you put each plant in a tub, it might be easier to find somehere to put them.

  • Friday 14 May, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    It looks great!
    I am still undecided as to whether I should do a runner bean house of a sunflower house this year. We will definitely do one though (as soon as it is warm enough to plant the seeds out!!).

    • Friday 14 May, 2010 at 10:08 pm

      Whichever you choose, I’m sure the children will enjoy having a secret hideaway.

  • Friday 14 May, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    We just did the same! We have heirloom beans from a friend’s family.
    Looks like you have a nice size garden!

    • Friday 14 May, 2010 at 10:10 pm

      What can I say… great minds!

  • Saturday 15 May, 2010 at 4:30 am

    A great idea, what a lovely shady play spot that will be!

    • Saturday 15 May, 2010 at 9:31 am

      Thank you. I’m sure the children will have lots of fun in it this summer.

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