Before & After: April’s Bean Tunnel


I found this really sweet bean tunnel over the winter and I've been dying to make one of my own ever since! April from Wahsega Valley Farm has an incredible backyard vegetable garden, and as soon as I saw this bare garden structure, I knew it would be a even cooler once the vines started to grow.

bean tunnel, veggie garden

The tunnel adds a fantastic dimension and has pretty much grown to become its own little world! Having the beans grow up and around the structure allows her to pick from beneath the vines and offers a great little shady escape. Something like this would be fun to do with other vine plants....just think how cool it would look with a few different clematis varieties! Are any of you thinking about building one of these in a coming months? Be sure to send us pictures if you do! -erin

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Images from: April of Wahsega Valley Farm

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  1. Katherine Tish on March 20, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    This would be great for the backyard. Shade, fun, and food for the kids. Thanks for sharing.

  2. allison on April 7, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    What verity of bean is this?

    • rochelle on April 8, 2014 at 7:18 am

      I am not sure what bean it is exactly — but it is not a bush bean — certainly a runner bean.

  3. Mike the Gardener on May 15, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Oh man that is so awesome! Now I want one 🙂

  4. Tami on May 24, 2014 at 11:26 am

    How do you make the bean tunnel?

  5. Mary on June 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    What was used for the netting or trellis part? I can’t tell if you just used string or what. Thanks,

    • rochelle on June 9, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      I believe it is hog fence (this goes by many local names but it is heavy gauge fencing with squares that arae roughtly 6 inches) – so no string or netting – it is part of the fence.

  6. kathy on June 10, 2014 at 12:17 am

    It looks like concrete reinforcing wire/mesh. It used to be heavier gauge in the good old days and we made tomato cages out of it.

  7. Karin on June 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Lovely,.. but what’s the point of sharing if you don’t give instructions on how to build one??

  8. Becky on August 18, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    would be nice if there were some information on building this tunnel. It doesnt look too complicated but the material list would be a nice advantage

  9. Dwight on February 18, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    It looks like rebar side supports with electrical conduit up top. Cattle panel is wrapped around and tied off with wire ties….at least this is how I would do it. Hope that helps