My favorite gardening product over the past two years has been my bean tower(s) from Gardeners Supply Co. My thoughts are turning to it on this cold January day because I’m in the midst of ordering yet more seeds and I’m thinking of how to grow crops vertically since I’m running out of veggie garden space. My plan is to add several more, and as the crops on them climb and leaf out, use the shade they provide for various salad greens. At least that’s the plan…
The photo above is from two years ago, one tower is holding haricot vert and the other scarlet runner – both amazing and fun to grow. They both did beautifully and engulfed the towers by the end of the season.
This past summer I planted both with haricot vert because they we’re so truly tasty (French chefs appear to be correct) that I felt I couldn’t get enough. They we’re so prolific I gave up picking at some point in August – even my family and friends we’re sick of them and gave up.
But now I’m thinking of other crops for my vertical space – squash for one, cucumbers for another. I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and ordered a pack of the Mexican Sour Gherkin that everyone has been raving about, and I’m going to grow it up a section of a tower along with another cucumber. Squash is another story – some can get quite heavy so I need to do my research and choose something a bit more compact (or prune heavily).
The towers are extremely easy to assemble and store. They come in two separate pieces and essentially just snap together. They don’t rust and they hold a ton of weight, and when you’re finished, they fold flat.
Happy gardening everyone! Enjoy those seed catalogs that keep rolling in and don’t forget the seed giveaway and membership to Hudson Valley Seed Library is open until the 31st.