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Hello, could someone shed some light on what has happened to my runner beans and courgette? I grew the beans from seed and put them out about a week ago after hardening them off. Yesterday they were absolutely fine, yet today I go to the allotment to see them all looking like this - any ideas?What have I done wrong? I've found it quite upsetting!


  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 391
    Looks like frost damage to me... It has been unseasonably cold all week. With most nights struggling to get much above freezing

    Both plants particularly when young have minimal tolerance to cod weather
  • TyCerrigTyCerrig Posts: 61
    i never thought of that. I had thought that i had put too much manure in there. Some of it wasn't very rotten either. If it's frost damage will they come back or are they dead?
  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 391
    I'd suggest unlikely tbh... But they may surprise us and perk up. I generally don't put tender or semi tenders veggies out until mid june
  • TyCerrigTyCerrig Posts: 61
    Looks like I have been a bit too eager then and I guess living in Cumbria means I need to be even more patient...? Do you think I could plant some more bean seeds directly into the ground now? The weather seems to be warming up....?
    Thanks for the helpful advice - I've been a bit too eager a number of times, I need to learn to be more patient!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,014
    Here in Norfolk my runner beans dont go out until the beginning of June  ... courgettes might go out then but only if the weather is warm and they’ll go under cloches  ... otherwise they wait until mid June ... I just keep potting them on and putting them outside on dryish days and indoors again by teatime. 

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

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    I only sowed my runner beans last weekend in the greenhouse - many gardeners traditionally sow on May 1st;  By the time they are ready to be planted out, the risk of frosts has usually passed.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • TyCerrigTyCerrig Posts: 61
    This is really helpful, thanks. It's quite clear what I've done. I've grown some onions (red & normal) in the greenhouse - are they more frost hardy? Lot to learn isn't there! I'm in year 2, but even with disasters like this, I'm still loving it
  • TyCerrigTyCerrig Posts: 61
    Would that be the same for broad beans and peas too? Is it too early to put them out?
  • TyCerrigTyCerrig Posts: 61
    ....because I have and they also look unwell (although not as unwell as the runners!)
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,721
    edited May 2019
    No broad beans and peas are both ok with frost, so are onions. they do need hardening off or direct sowing, my first direct sown peas went in over a month ago and are now 6 inches high, my onions from seed have been out over a month, and the sets are now a couple of inches high as well. we've not had a cold spring here but still plenty of frosty mornings.
    Edited. before someone says to put broadbeans in in the autumn, you can do it either way here we get too cold for autumn sowings so we sow in the spring, either way works, spring sown ones just come ready later.
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