Your Kids Will Love A Bean Pole Garden Tent. Here’s How to Make One

I am a little obsessed with beanpole garden tents after exploring this with my kids.

Creating a bean pole garden tent, covering or fort in your yard can help kids get really invested into gardening and create a special and shady space for them to play.  You’re going to love these ideas for bean pole garden tents.

Bean pole garden tent shown with big colored pencils as beanpoles in a pyramid structure
What a beautiful beanpole garden tent structure!

How to Make a Bean Pole Garden Structure

We first discovered the wonder of these garden tents on a visit to our local arboretum.

The tent structure covered with vines quickly became my children’s favorite spot. After all, it’s a tent made out of plants.

It’s whimsical, cute, and fun.

And bonus: these tents makes the perfect hideaway for kids of all ages. 

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Supplies Needed for Bean Pole Garden Structure

Get a Simple Trellis Kit at a Garden Center

What You Will Need to Make it Without a Trellis Kit

Best Plants for Climbing Bean Poles & Trellis

Next, choose what plants will grow up the tent. Pole bean seeds are a popular option. I know if we pick this option, my son will totally eat all the beans.

But if you and your kids prefer flowers, choose from among an array of annual climbing flowers too! The kids will totally get a kick out of seeing them grow up the poles. 

Instructions to Build Beanpole Garden Structure

Setup is easy peasy.

  1. First create the tent using the poles or sticks.
  2. Tie them together with the string.
  3. Add some soil around the base to stabilize the tent.
  4. Last but not least: plant those seeds around the base of the tent!

Great Gardening Project with Kids

This is a fabulous backyard lesson for kids too.

Not only can they get involved in building the tent, but they’ll also learn a ton about gardening as well as how plants grow.

Because, no, those seeds won’t grow overnight, but the garden tent will still be a magical hide out in the meantime! 

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What kind of beanpole tent garden are you going to make at home?

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