How to DIY a Vine Tent in Your Garden

How does your garden grow? Whether you have a green thumb or not, gardens are sprouting all over the world during - especially during quarantine here in California. Whether it's an herb garden on your patio or bins in your back yard. Jan has always had a garden in the back yard for as long as her kids can remember. This year, her husband, Glen, added a special attraction. A Vine Tent! Below he'll share his DIY tips to create your own vine tent that is fun for kids of all ages!    

You Will Need: 

Wood // Zip Ties // Bailing wire or string // Screws // Seeds 

Glen's DIY N. Cal Vine Tent!

First, I found some scrap redwood lumber around my yard and during the shutdown in May here in Mendocino County. I decided to turn it into a tent structure supporting pole beans, while giving my granddaughters a place to hide and have fun in the garden when they visit. Follow my steps below to create your own...

1. I started with one 2” x 2” by 4 foot long piece that would support the structure. The four legs, two on each end of the support piece were about 6 feet long with a small 15 degree cut on the ends where it attaches to the support piece. The small angle on these pieces will give the tent a more straight up look, which takes up less space in a smaller garden.

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2. Cut the angled ends first and make sure they are all the same. The other 10 should be slender, really quite flimsy. The 3⁄4” x 3⁄4” inside pieces where most of the green beans will need support all need a 1⁄4" hole drilled in one end, about 3⁄4” from the end. They should be 6 feet long too. These will be fastened to the support piece with zip ties. You will need to drill 1⁄4" holes equidistant in the support piece, 3⁄4” from the top.

3. The legs should be stouter than the bean support poles and attached with short (1 1⁄2” to 2” long) construction screws. Pre-drill these screw holes to prevent the wood from cracking. The bean support poles can be attached through the holes you drilled with 8” zip ties.
* Bonus tip from our granddaughter Charlotte: Don't forget your shoes in the garden. Ouch!
Glen on Grandpa duty. Walks in the vineyard.
Extra help for your tent: If they’re too short, connect two together to get extra length. Bailing wire, or even string can be used to connect the bean poles, but zip ties work well and allow the poles to be moved around slightly to where the beans are planted below. String should be used, strung between the poles, to give the beans plants something to attach to as they grow to the top of the tent.

4. Follow the instructions on the pole bean seed package, and with proper water and soil, you should get some beans, and provide the youngsters a good hiding spot. For even better results, you can make an eight foot tall tent with a longer support piece, giving you more beans and a bigger place to hide.

Well, it's back to work for Jan tending to our garden's fruits and veggies. With her baby granddaughter on her hip and the others playing in the vine tent or picking berries, there is always fun in the garden. Signing off for now,

Glen:  Staff Writer & Jan's Jelly Assistant

Did you start your own garden this year whether it's in your back yard or patio? What are you growing? Leave a comment if you'd like to share.

~with love,
Jan & Jill