[NAFEX] pole bean trellis idea
lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Sun Dec 5 14:56:30 EST 2010
The cattle panels come in 16 ft by 52"( or similar) length/width, with
spaces between wires about 6"square - 'hog panels" are 16'x36", with the
horizontal wires spaced closer together at the bottom., and while
constructed of heavy galvanized wire - about the diameter of a #2 pencil,
bending them into an arch, as you've described, would be no problem
whatsoever. I have no doubt that they'd support whatever weight of vines
and beans,with no problem - and could be reused, year after year, for
On Sun, Dec 5, 2010 at 1:06 PM, Patsy King <pking888 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi there! I read somewhere the suggestion to use what are called "cattle
> panels" (very strong sections of fencing), bending the sections into an arc
> shape that is tall enough to walk under. Plant the beans at each end. I am
> not sure how hard it would be to bend those fencing panels, but if too
> difficult, it seems to me any reasonably strong fencing might work, possibly
> even field fencing. The cut ends would be in the ground, and you could line
> up as many sections as desired. If the fencing was not strong enough, it
> would probably be an easy matter to take pairs of 10-foot poles and lash
> them near the tops teepee style, and position each pole alongside the arch,
> on on each side, to give strength. I've been wanting to try this system.
> Now that the subject has come up, maybe I'll remember to try it this coming
> --Patsy King
> Message: 9
>> Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 08:47:38 -0600
>> From: "Jim Fruth" <jimfruth at charter.net>
>> To: "NAFEX" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>> Subject: [NAFEX] space for pole beans
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>> I plant my pole beans under a seven foot fence because that is as high
>> as I can reach. Trouble is, they become so over-crowded on top that they
>> stop producing (at the top). Judging from the length of the stems in the
>> over-crowded area, a ten foot high trellis would be better. Rather than
>> on a ladder to pick the pods, I'm considering making the trellis at a
>> or long arc. My existing fence is composed of two 3'6" high fence
>> so my next task will be to add another section and try to figure out how
>> erect them into an arc.
>> Jim Fruth
>> Brambleberry Fruit Farm
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