Terry’s Blog: Build A Garden TeePee

Build A Garden TeePee
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Gardening doesn’t have to be boring. You can create your own unique garden with just a few creative tips. There are many climbing plants that one can plant. Today, we’re going to focus on climbing peas, beans and flowers (such as morning glory).

Gather Some Big Sticks

Gather up some large sticks. Your sticks should be approximately 1 to 2 inches in diameter and at least 5 to 6 feet long. You should have at least 10 of these sticks to start.

Garden Twine

You’ll need a roll of sturdy but pliable garden twine. Take three of the sticks (I always use the 3 longest sticks for this part) and tie them together into a tripod shape. This will form the basis for your teepee.

Adding More Sticks

Now add in more sticks to make your teepee sturdy. Keep adding one or two sticks at a time at equal intervals apart and tie them firmly at the top with twine. You should have the outer section fanned out and the top section should all be tied together just as if it were a regular teepee. If you wish for kids to be able to play inside of the teepee make sure to leave an opening at this point in time.

Positioning Your Teepee

Now that you have your base it’s time to position your teepee in the garden. Dig a moat around the outer edge of where the teepee will be and place the bottom of the teepee into the moat. The moat should be a few inches deep. Once you have the teepee into position fill in the moat being careful to make sure that the base of each and every teepee pole is in the moat and being filled in. Pack this down firmly.

Planting

Now, it’s time to plant. Just outside of the moat dig a small furrow around the teepee edge. You may wish to alternate your seeds as far as beans, peas and flowers go or you may wish to plant them in small groups. However you decide to do it, gently place seeds in the ground around the furrow until you’ve placed all of your seeds equally around your teepee base.

Cover Seeds

Now that your seeds are placed it’s time to gently cover them. Place a small amount of dirt over each and every seed and gently tamp it down.

Water Gently

Now that your seeds are in the ground it’s time to give it a gentle watering. I prefer to use a watering can for this so as not to disturb the seeds and displace them. I water all around the filled in furrow and let the ground soak up the water.

Wait Patiently

Now I wait. Patiently. Within a few days (if the weather cooperates) I will see seedlings beginning to pop up. I continue to water with my watering can until the seedlings are several inches tall and won’t be damaged by the sprinkler.

Weed As Needed

Weed your seedlings as needed.

Wind Up The Teepee

As the plants grow I wind them up the teepee and allow them to wrap themselves around it.

When the plants are ready for harvest I have a fully enclosed teepee and can pick my peas and beans.fbcoverTerryBornitz

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