Easy DIY Pole Bean Towers For Your Garden

Learn how to make a pole bean tower the easy way with this simple bean tower DIY project. This is one of the best pole bean support ideas because it’s fast, and best of all, the bean towers fold up for easy storage. They are portable, reusable, and add a vertical element to our vegetable garden. Another advantage to making these easy DIY pole bean towers is you can make them out of scrap lumber and wire. They didn’t cost us a penny. Looking for pole bean support ideas? Think learning how to make a bean tower is complicated? Not so! Here’s how to make a pole bean tower with step-by-step instructions. With these easy directions for this pole bean idea, you will learn how to make bean poles in no time!

5 Easy Steps to Make a DIY Pole Bean Tower

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What Are Bean Towers?

Some people call them pole bean towers, some people call them green bean towers. The beans I grow on mine are not green beans, they are scarlet runner beans. That’s why I just call this three-legged, portable contraption a pole bean tower. It’s useful for growing pole beans because it gives them a way to grow vertically. These pole bean towers also make the beans easier to pick. So whether you call it a green bean tower or just bean tower, the idea is the same.

What You Will Need for One Tower

We have four of them, and you may only need one. So here is what you will need for one easy DIY pole bean tower:

12 inches of 10-14 gauge wire ( It can be baling wire or fence wire if you have any of that around.)

Cutting pliers or wire cutters

3 lengths of 1.5-inch by 1.5-inch by 8 foot pieces of wood (We used cedar. Old deck wood is perfect, ripped on a table saw, if you have one.)

A cordless drill

Directions

First, cut your wood to the specified size. If you have a small garden bed, you may choose to make the poles shorter.

Next, drill one hole completely through each pole, 12 inches down from the top.

easy diy bean pole tower drilling

After that, line the poles up side-by-side on the ground so that the holes are aligned.

easy diy pole bean tower wire

Finally, thread the wire through the holes and twist to fasten.

That’s it! Spread the poles out and place the tower in your garden.

easy diy pole bean towers in position

Portability

These garden towers are easy to move around and reposition. They work well on uneven, sloped ground, as we have in our garden. You could have them in the same spot each year, or place them in different locations. This is especially useful if you try to rotate your garden crops each year. You can plant beans, or whatever you choose to grow, in a different location every growing season.

Versatility

The towers are great for a variety of climbing plants. We have used them most often for different varieties of pole beans. Most recently, we’ve grown scarlet runner beans in an effort to provide more ornamental interest to the vegetable garden space.

Scarlet Runner Beans
Here are the pole bean towers covered by scarlet runner beans.

I wrote about our efforts in an earlier blog post. This year, we’re trying sweet peas. If the sweet peas need string, it’s easy to wind string around the poles.

Easy to Store

The towers are easy to take down when the season is over. The poles come back together as soon as they are lifted out of the ground. We store ours standing up under the lean-to of our garden shed. The poles could also be laid flat and stored in a loft or near a garage wall. Anywhere out of the weather would work well.

Durability

We have had our garden towers for more than 15 years, and the cedar has held up well. We didn’t have to treat it with anything special. If you do observe any rot at the bottom of the poles, you can just trim off an equal amount of length on each pole.

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Can These Pole Bean Towers be Used as Pea Towers?

You could use these towers as pea towers. Some people call them pole bean and pea towers. However, I found that when I used these towers with peas, the pea plants needed a little extra help to climb for some reason. I ended up winding some fishing line around the poles, and that helped.

Ready to Give These Easy DIY Pole Bean Towers a Go?

This easy DIY pole bean tower project is so simple. Since this pole bean support idea is inexpensive as well, maybe you would like to give it a try. If you do decide to make a tower of your own, I’d love to see pictures of your completed project and where you decide to place it in your garden.

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Gardening can lift the soul. If you are looking for some more garden inspiration in addition to pole bean support ideas, check out the other gardening ideas offered here. Whether you are into growing flowers, herbs, or vegetables, you will find DIY projects and tips. The featured plants are easy-care and low-maintenance. They are perfect for everyone from the novice to the master gardener. Here are a few ideas you might enjoy:

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May all of your gardening endeavors meet with great success!

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16 thoughts on “Easy DIY Pole Bean Towers For Your Garden”

  1. I love that they are so easy to take down and store over the winter months, and then pull out again next season! We’ll definitely have to consider those if we decide to expand our garden after this year.

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    • Britt,

      Yes, the portability and compactness are great features. If you expand your garden, I hope you get to try one, if it fits your gardening style. Thanks so much for your comment, and happy planting!

      Lisa

      Reply
  2. Thanks for sharing this! I had ot save this as im working/ planning my garden.

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    • Brenda,

      Planning and working on a garden is a lot of work. Good luck as you plan yours out, and maybe one of these towers might work well in your plan. Thanks for your comment, and best wishes with your garden!

      Lisa

      Reply
  3. This is such a great idea. Since living in the countryside, we have a garden to take care of. Thanks for sharing this post, I will definitely try to make this.

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    • Marianna,

      I’m so glad you might be able to use this idea. If you do, I’d love to see a picture of how it turns out and where you end up putting it. Thanks for commenting, and happy gardening!

      Lisa

      Reply
  4. Thanks Lisa, for always providing great tips free of charge. I love that this is easy to do and durable.

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    • Betty,

      I’m happy to provide tips, and I’m glad you think they are great ones. Thanks so much for taking the time to read what I write!

      Lisa

      Reply
  5. These are a great and simple project! We are redoing our backyard so will have to remember these when we are ready to plant a garden!

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    • Erin,

      How exciting and ambitious to be redoing your backyard. I’d love to see pictures, and I hope you get to use the tower idea at some point. Thanks for your comment, and good luck with your backyard project!

      Lisa

      Reply
  6. I’m hoping to get back into gardening this year. One of our biggest struggles was keeping the beans off the ground. I love this simple solution! Thanks for the great idea!

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    • Jenn,

      I hope you are able to get back into gardening, and if this tower idea helps, terrific! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Good luck with your many DIY projects!

      Lisa

      Reply
  7. Wow, such a simple project. I really want to try my hand at gardening, but I fear that I will be a failure at it. I am thinking of possibly starting out with a few containers, and then transitioning to a full-size garden if all goes well. This will certainly be an awesome DIY project for the hubby if we do make that decision.

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    • Lasonia,

      If you are interested in growing herbs, those are great for containers. Chives are easy to grow, and come back every year. Tomatoes are another plant that a lot of people grow in containers. Good luck with whatever you try, and thanks for your comment!

      Lisa

      Reply
  8. Wow these are perfect! I was looking for an easy durable way for my little climbers! Thank you!

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    • Holly,

      I’m so glad! If you do try these, I’d love to see pictures of your results. Thanks for your enthusiastic response!

      Lisa

      Reply

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