Bean support - which would be best?
Hi guys! This will be my first year growing beans, and I wanted some advice on how to support them.
We have selected Kentucky Wonder to grow. We're planting an 8 ft row. We do not have the space for teepees.
After some extensive reading, we came up with two ideas, and I was hoping for some additional input. We have already bought three 8' long, 2" square poles for supports - one at each end, one in the middle.ÃÂ
The first ideas is to do a trellis with remesh and cable ties. I feel like this might be sturdier and would require less setup at the beginning of each spring, but I am not sure for a few reasons. ÃÂ I've read that 1)it's a pain reaching through and around trellises, 2) sometimes vines don't want to start winding around manmade materials, and 3) while it will be less work at the beginning of the season, it is harder to remove the vines at the end of the season. ÃÂ Also, would the metal rusting be an issue? My husband is against it because he has bad luck injuring himself and a long string getting tetanus shots because he cannot remember when he had his last one (lol). If there is a splinter to be gotten or a rusty nail to scratch, or something protruding to stub a toe on, it will definitey happen to him!ÃÂ
The second idea is to use the same poles but put an additional pole across the top and hang strings down for the beans to climb. I don't much about this idea. ÃÂ It seems like logically it would work better than the trellis, but in my head I keep going, "Really? Just strings?" Would this setup be sturdy? I'm not terribly worried about winds, but sometimes we can get some pretty nasty storms here in Texas in the summer. Pros, none of the problems we'd have that I've already thought of with the trellis, plus at the end of the season we just cut the strings and throw it all in the compost heap. Cons, possibly not very sturdy, plus have to restring every year. If we do this idea, should I have an additional support or anchor at the bottom of the strings?
Sorry for the long post!