To use a straight pole, I know it must be between 6' and 8' tall, but how do you run the string so that the beans can run between the poles? I live in the Greensboro-Winston Salem, NC area.
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For a straightforward set-up as you described, you would use strong twine tied between two poles. The string is zigzagged from the top and bottom to make a lattice for the vines.
Here are some visuals on how to string up pole beans, there are many clever ways to do so:
A tomato trellis, modified with vertical rungs of bamboo poles:
Here is a forum thread showing people's ingenuity in stringing up their pole beans:
I hope that helps.
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