Thursday, 23 August 2012

Bean Bonanza

Runner Beans - 22nd August 2012
As predicted in my post of 19th July the runner beans reached the top of the bamboo canes by the end of that month. This prompted me to nip out the growing tips to prevent the plants becoming top heavy. I have been able to pick pods for the last week or so. They have set well and the rash of flowers that is still on the plants bodes well for cropping until the end of September.

 I will definitely grow them again next year although I might try to get them in slightly earlier. Whilst some people grow runner beans in rows I think that the wigwam method is a more efficient  and attractive use of space.

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