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How to Make a Garden Climbing Frame

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Some plants such as beans and peas require a frame to grow. Our gardening experts have prepared this simple step-by-step guide to help you construct a bamboo climbing frame for your climbing plants.

Step 1

Loop Cord over Pole

Loop Cord over Pole

Start by tying a loop in the end of the cord. Leave the tail from this loop about 3 inches long. Place the loop over one pole end.

Step 2

Wrap Pole Ends Together

Wrap Pole Ends Together

Wrap the cord about 15 times around the pole ends. You don’t need to pull too tightly as when you part the pole ends to make the tripod shape you will automatically tighten the cord.

Step 3

Secure End of String

Secure End of String

Cut the cord with 3 inches to spare at the end. Pull the cord between the pole ends and tie to the tail end from the original loop to secure.

Step 4

Attach New String Line

Attach New String Line

Take another piece of cord and make a loop like before in step 1 but don’t cut the tail. Place it over one pole end just as before, leaving the tail dangle down uncut.

Step 5

Place Frame into Position

Place Frame into Position

Open the poles out from the bottom (the opposite end to the tied ends) into a tripod shape and firmly push the pole ends into the soil.

Step 6

Make String Climbing Rungs

Make String Climbing Rungs

Starting at the top, wrap the attached cord around each leg by passing the roll of cord first around the leg and then over itself. Work around each leg in turn as you move towards the ground; you will need one rung every 12 inches of height.

Step 7

Secure Cord

Secure Cord

When you get to the bottom, tie the cord to the leg to secure it. Plant your plants around the legs and help the young plants find the poles and rungs by wrapping the immature shoots around the poles while they get established. The plants will grow all around the rungs as they grow upwards. When the season is over, the cord rungs can be discarded, leaving the binding holding the poles together intact. The tripod frame should be removed from the ground and stored in a shed for re-use the following year.