Vegetable Garden Supports
By: Meriel Bradley
I plant 3 types of climbing vegetables – beans, peas, and cucumbers. They all need climbing support for the best results.
This year I decided to build a multi-use support that can be used for all 3 of my climbing vegetables.
I already had my raised beds so I just needed to create the frame and attach it to the sides of the vegetable bed.
I used untreated 2 x 2 by 8-foot posts to build the frame and then attached pea netting for my peas and cucumbers and 8-foot garden stakes for my beans using the frame to support a 6-foot stake that I ran over the path between the 2 raised beds.
The angle pieces in the corners are essential to provide stability to the structure.
This made a very stable and usable frame and made it very easy to grow and support my vegetables.
For each of my raised beds, I built 2 end frames with angled corner pieces for stability
I screwed these into the sides of the bed about 6 inches from the ends so I could plant seeds on either side of the frame if needed
Use a spirit level to make sure they were positioned correctly
I then added 2 horizontal bars to join the 2 frames together on the top
Along the back edge of one of my beds, I positioned a lower crossbar to make a frame for shorter shelling peas
I then attached pea netting using garden twine for peas and cucumbers
Because the frame is positioned 6 inches from the end of the bed, I can plant seeds along both sides of the pea netting
For my climbing beans, I installed 8-foot garden stakes with a 6-foot stake that spans the gap between my 2 beds
I used seven 2 x 2 x 8-foot posts for each of my raised beds, with one extra post for my shelling pea frame