During a storm about 2 years ago, several fir branches fell from our trees. We decided to use them in several projects in the garden and this one is perfect for them. They're about 3 inches round, so we just propped them together at the top and pushed them into the ground about 6 inches deep.
I lashed them together by going around each branch, then the other and so on. Robert held them together while I put several layers over and over for strength. It gets a little windy around here, at times, so I figure more is better.
Once the top is lashed together and stable, it's a good idea to stake the bottom of each section. I like to make sure the posts aren't going anywhere.
In order for the plants to climb, I used cotton string to tie around and go from post to post. Start at about 6 inches from the ground, then add string every 6 to 8 inches up the posts for the bean, peas or whatever other climber you want to cover your teepee.
Once you have your string up, plant at the outside base of every post. For extra coverage, plant in between the posts, too. The effect will be a completely covered teepee that is absolutely beautiful and the plants will love it. I made the mistake of planting, then making the teepee. Then, I had a tangled mess where I broke some of the vines while trying to get them to climb. After traumatizing my peas, I gave them a very long watering that perked them right up.
Another good idea is to leave one section open (with no string) so you can go inside to pick your veggies. Plus, it's a fun place for kids to play and hide once it's grown.
An abundant and luscious crop awaits you that is clean,
off the ground and less likely to be pest ridden.
I hope you try this one. It's not only good for the plants, looks great in the garden and growing vertically always gives you more space for additional crops.
Here we are in less than 2 weeks. Up to the 4th string on the trellis. Wow.