Pole Beans & Peas – suggestions for spacing
I'm planning next years garden (just put this years to bed, have to have something to work on now!), and have been pondering this for awhile... so far all I have are a bunch of crumpled up pieces of paper, so I thought I'd ask for suggestions. I have a 20' X 5.5' wide plot left in the garden. The long side runs east-west. I want to fill it with pole beans and peas, and I'm trying to work out the spacing and what I could trellis everything with. Essentially I want to have maximum yield for the space (as in we will eat them every night if we can), however I configure it. My first problem is I really have no idea how many pole beans a typical plant will yield (I've only done bush in the past), or peas for that matter (they failed last year as I grew them along a fence and the neighbour's weeds smothered them after a month). I'm not attached or limited to any specific sort of trellising or row configuration (the rest of the garden is done in 3' wide rows). The pea spacing seems pretty straightforward, but all the pole bean spacing instructions I've looked up all seem to be different and with different sorts of trellising. Some say 6 plants per pole, some say 2 plants per pole, the teepee instructions say to use 3 poles but don't say how far the base of the poles should be from each other... etc. Anyone with some experience have any ideas or suggestions? (And if you do, please explain it to me like I'm from another planet, as I obviously am having trouble wrapping my head around simple instructions at this point).