This year I am determined to make my beans stand strong and tall on dependable supports. In the past my they have collapsed under the weight of foliage. To ensure success I have made lots of different structures using materials salvaged from the garden and workshop.
Bamboo is our most useful material for making wigwams and luckily we have our own patch which we take from every year. Many years ago a small clump of it was planted and since then it has become a forest of bamboo spreading 10 metres across. The invasive nature of the bamboo does prove to be a problem but the benefit of having good strong canes for use in the garden is a big plus. The bamboo forest also serves as a habitat for birds and wildlife and especially our chickens who use it for shelter. The kids love to hide inside it where they have made tracks and tunnels.
For the peas I stretched chicken wire across two posts and repeated this process, running several of them side by side. At the end of summer these supports can be pulled out of the ground, rolled up and put away until next spring when I will tap them back in again.
Lovely new pea shoots are delicious. .