How To Grow Your Own Runner beans

Runner Beans
Runner Beans
Support Beam
Support Beam
The Wigwam
The Wigwam

Where to Begin?

The runner bean is still one of people's most favourite vegeatables. It appears on our dinner plates more often than the majority of other vegatables, and they are absolutely delicious.

You should first prepare the ground for the runner beans to grow. You should prepare a hole, which is about 60cm wide and 25cm deep. For best results you should then fill it old manure and then topped up with soil.

The next step is to prepare your support beams for the runner beans to grow up. You can either make these yourself or you can buy these readily prepared. However there is always something more rewarding about your own. All you need is a few bits of wood, hammer and nails and you are away.

At the start of April you should start to pot some of your runner bean seeds in normal compost, kept under glass, preferably in a green house to allow the seeds to take off and start sprouting.

Mid-End May - You should now have some nice sprouts that have started to grow. The weather is now as good as you will get for planting your runner bean shoots. When planting the beans you should set them apart by at least 10cm so that they have enough room to grow and can take the needed food assets from the grown below. They should be planted about 5cm deep.

One planted it is important to take good care of your runner beans to ensure that they grow beautifully to soon become delicious. In very dry weather you should spread wet straw and old manure at either side of the beans to help keep in the moisture. The best time to water the plants is in the early evening, just as the sun is going down.

Your harvest should be ready to pick from  August to Mid October. With runner beans the more you pick = the more you will get, so be sure to get picking as much as possible. You should make sure that no pods get old and tough because this will slow the growing of crop down. Once you are all picked out, you can start enjoying the rewards of all your hard work.

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