Reinforced bean stalks.

Photo: Fritz Lenneman

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We would like to note how positively reinforced these pole beans are in the CPD's summer garden exhibit. Last year we used just three pieces of scrawny bamboo and twine to create a tripod, which worked just fine until a massive tornado-creating front moved through Chicago.

This one looks completely weather-proof. Plus, the extra surface area looks like it allows the bean vines more room to snake up the pole and fill out.