Plant a Teepee

A teepee is a practical support that looks so much better than a regular pole. Small kids can hide within.

The teepee ought to be at least 6 or 8 feet high, depending on what you're growing. Read the seed packet or the plant label for the ultimate plant height and then plan accordingly. You don't have to use lumber — how about slender branches? Lash three or more tall branches or poles together, and stick them a few inches into the ground to make them stable. As for the climbing plant that will cloak it, you want something lush and fast-growing. I suggest pole bean, scarlet runner bean, climbing nasturtium, or morning glory. Set at least one or two plants at the base of each support.

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