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Runner beans query

I mistakenly set my runner bean seed 3 weeks ago indoors (normally sow them the first week in May) and the plants are now about a foot tall. Because of the high daytime temperatures in my unheated greenhouse I have been standing the pots in the shade outside. When do you think is the earliest date I can plant them out in the garden.  
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,391
    Whereabouts roughly are you?
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • homebirdhomebird Posts: 110
    I am on the Nottinghamshire/ Derbyshire border. 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,159
    You must be near me. (Sandiacre).  I sow beginning of May to plant out at the end of May. We often get frosts in early May.  It has been like June here for the past few weeks. I have to stop myself from going mad and sowing everything.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,159
    edited April 2020
     I know a good source of Well rotted manure if you need it.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,391
    @fidgetbones do you think 2 or 3 layers of fleece pug around them at night (and secured with clothes pegs) would be sufficient protection if they were planted out by their supports now?
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • homebirdhomebird Posts: 110
    Thankyou Figetbones and Dovefromabove. On the map of dates for predicted frosts it’s saying the last frosts for Bassetlaw Worksop area) will be in the last week of this month. 
  • homebirdhomebird Posts: 110
    Thanks Figetbones, my next door neighbour brought me some horse manure from her friends stables last year and I am using it now. 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,159
    Certainly I would keep them outside all day at the moment. If you put them in the ground, have fleece or even old newspapers to drape around them at night.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • homebirdhomebird Posts: 110
    Thanks Fidgetbones I will leave them in their pots, as long as they don’t start to twist around one another too much. I will continue to put them out every morning. I would hate to lose them now or break the stems trying to untwist them. I think they probably will have to go into the ground soon though and I shall do as you suggest and put fleece around them at night. Thanks again for your advice. 
  • homebirdhomebird Posts: 110
    edited May 2020
    I had to plant them out and for the past few nights we stood the windbreaks, one either side the rows, they look pretty healthy and are still climbing. Fingers crossed they keep going. I think I will leave the wind breaks up for a week or two more to be on the safe side. 
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