My father didn't grow beans -- his truck farming choices were much more staid: tomatoes, squash and peppers in summer; cruciferous vegetables and pumpkins for fall. But, three of my mother' signature dishes were yellow split pea soup, chili and baked beans -- all from scratch.
Needless to say, I find the smell of soaked legumes simmering on the stove extremely comforting. And, after numerous exposures, it no longer makes Kevin want to gag.
So, in recent seasons, beans have been gaining ground in our garden.
Last year, for pole bean supports, we experimented with hemp twine hooked to screw eyes under the eaves. Two varieties -- Good Mother Stollard and red calypso -- were pleased with this arrangement. Their vines climbed all the way to the roof.
Others don't seem to aspire that high, yet the standard maypole seems as if it'd be too flimsy come late summer.
Leave it to Kev to dream up an alternative. He's suggesting that we use PVC piping to anchor a primary post, akin to how we support tomatoes. To that post, we'll affix anchors (screws, nails, etc.) from which the twine can cascade to the ground, forming the walls of the "teepee."
I think it's worth a try, and I'm impressed that he's grown so supportive!