Friday, February 1, 2013
Frame for Homegrown Beans
Ever since my parents found themselves without children or dogs in the house, they have been slowly removing the no longer needed lawn around our property and converting it into productive vegetable garden. This means that my spring break in Sunnyvale is usually spent helping with the manual labor to prep most of a suburban backyard (and ever increasingly more of our front yard) for another season.
This year, we decided that one of the new things we'd try is a more robust framework for our beans to grown on than our usual improvised trellis of sticks. A trip to the hardware store and a few hours of work this morning resulted in the pictured assembly. An A frame built from 2x4s, with some stove bolts and beam mounting hardware for two 10' cross beams at ground and head height, connected to one of the fence's 4x4s. The A frame rests on a pair of buried cinder blocks, and we designed the entire framework such that, at the end of the year, we can loosen a few nuts and the entire thing disassembles for storage while we retill the soil for next season.
Posted by Kenneth Finnegan at 3:00 PM