Garden Crafts

String Bean Teepee

What better place to hide from the summer sun and imagine lands unknown than inside a teepee covered with green vines?

1. Buy six to eight pieces of bamboo that are each 12 feet in length.

2. Arrange them around a six-foot circle, leaving room for a small "entrance," and push the ends three inches into the ground.

3. Take some twine, and tie the upper ends of the bamboo together about one foot down from the top. An older child or adult can hold the bamboo in place while the twine is being wrapped.

4. Plant a variety of string bean seeds that grow well in your region at the base of the teepee. In a few short months, the teepee will be covered with fast-growing vines, leaves, and beans.

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