Everything we do here serves multiple purposes, if I can manage it…including growing pole beans.
Since our house is passive solar, the front is (mostly) oriented to the south. The “mostly” is another story that I won’t get into here.
Anyway, in the summer any extra shade we can get on that side of the house helps keep us cool. It also means we also can sometimes lift the exterior shade in front of that window, to see out. (Or nap in front of the window, if there’s nothing interesting out there at the moment)
I like to grow beans for shade so we can also EAT the results! Today was our first “real” harvest (other than “testing” one now and then). That right there is sunlight shaded from our house, converted into 136g of fresh, crispy green beans. Yum. 😉