Six 4-5 foot poles, six square feet in your yard or garden, a rubber mallet, twine or sting, beans and or sunflowers, a shovel, compost or garden soil, permission, help from at least one other person
60 minutes + growing time
- With permission to dig and help from a friend, pick a spot in your yard or garden that is big enough and gets enough sun to support your living teepee
- With your shovel, gently loosen up the soil in a five foot circle
- You can use a rope to help you create your circle before you start digging
- Carefully place your poles, standing up, evenly in a circle, leaving a little more space between the two that will become your doorway.
- Using your rubber mallet, hammer your poles down into the earth about 6 inches
- Next, leaning the poles into each other, hammer them down another few inches so they are sturdy.
- With the top ends of the poles leaning against each other, tie them together nice and tight
- Pack the dirt down around your poles using either your hands or your feet
- Once the dirt is good and packed down, loosen up some of the soil right around the base of each pole, but not too deep…only about an inch or two.
- Mix your compost or gardening soil into the loosened dirt and plant your seeds along the outside of your teepee poles
- Water regularly and enjoy!
What can your living teepee be used for? Will you track it’s germination and growth? Who will you share your teepee with? Are there other plants you could make a teepee out of?