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Help! Over enthusiastic first time veg grower

So after a couple of attempts at growing flowers over the past couple of years I decided that a bit of veg growing was in order. Off I went to our local Wilko to buy seeds, compost and something to grow them in. I planted my runner beans without reading the packet! I can hear you all now.......... should have read the instructions. I have now realised that my fabulous seedligs/traffics are far too early. Will they survive with some love and care in the conservatory or is this a losing battle? I have attached a picture because I'm so proud of them and just look at their pip cleaner scarves....... very smart don't you think.image



  • Oh dear ((hugs)) it's a long time until you can plant the beans outside (I'm in Norfolk and mine go out at the end of May-ish) ...... they'll be huge and your conservatory will be full to the brim ....... and yotu'll have to have potted them into huge pots and ................................. I think you have to bite the bullet and onto tip them onto the compost heap.

    Are the others  peas by any chance?  If so they can go out earlier so don't get rid of them image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • The photo bombers are my sweet peas!! I think I will enjoy them for a little bit longer, the seeds were only a pound. Thank you you advice is much appreciated.

  • They will survive in the conservatory yes.  Wilco do cheap compost and if they need to be potted on. image

  • Buy a plant light, then you can grow veggies indoors (but you will have to be the bee yourself). Plant lights doesn't have to be expensive, just look for ones where it says something like 6500K. 

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  • If those are runner beans it'll be nigh on impossible  to give them either the root space or the height they need indoors.  My runner beans grow 7 to 8ft plus in height ...

    If they're dwarf French or bush beans then it may be possible to get a crop from them indoors if planted in large enough pots ........ and they won't need pollinating as the do the job themselves so no need to worry about having to be a bee. image   They don't crop well in high temperatures tho' so try to keep the conservatory as cool as possible once the beans begin to flower. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Yay!  Sweet peas can be hardened off as soon as conditions begin to pick up in spring and then can be planted out ... they're hardy. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Runner beans are never going to work under glass, it just gets to warm and dry.

    Treat it as a learning curve, and sow again beginning of May. 

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    High five Sarah.jinks812!  Ive planted a little prematurely on many an occasion and can only congratulate you for your eagerness!!  

    If it were me, and you have a greenhouse or cold frame, I'd stick them in that and treat it like a little experiment. If they keep going until April / May then whoo hooo! Plant them out in the garden and see what you get. They will probably be leggy, but they're climbers so no bad thing....and aren't all of the best super models?! And with such divine little green scarves, those guys are born to show off! 

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,894

    I also sow mine on the 1st May, ready to plant out 1st June ish. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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