The art of staking in a flower or vegetable patch

Simple criss-cross bean pole where stakes are placed at intervals and a straight pole is lashed to the cross members using twine.

There is nothing better than an architectural piece of a garden.  Giving extra support is a necessity for plants like tomatos and beans. In small gardens a squash can take over a whole bed, so growing vertically is a must.  Supports need the right amount of heft to faithfully hold up its cargo and yet if done right can enhance the character of a space. 

My favorite bean structure are those created with bean stakes in the UK garden.  These 12′ long x 2″ girth poles spaced a foot apart and angled into the bed where it can be tied to its partner across the bed, then with the straightest pole, you place horizontally at the top weaving them into the tied poles and then tied down at each end.  To add strength have a side pole.

For more information on this see 2020 Episode 5.  Gardeners world.

See how Monty holds up his squash with burly stakes.

In this episode of Gardener’s world you see another type of structure – two posts with a grid pattern of poles along the same plane to create a wall.

Until i have nice straight poles to use, I opt for a pre-bought tomato cage that is have cross members that snap to 4 vertical poles. Each cross member can be moved up or down. This allows for much versatility even if it doesn’t look as stately as Monty’s structures.

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