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Is anyone else having problems with their runner/green beans. Normally by this time of the year they are romping up the canes but this year they have barely grown at all. I have been making sure they are watered but they don't look any higher since the day they were transplanted into the ground in the pots (loo rolls) they were sown in. Anyone any ideas??


  • Mine have been slow to take off, though they look healthy enough. Our plot is windy and exposed so the beans don't twirl round their poles so confidently. I have had to tie them in some cases.
  • In the process of squishing red lily beetle find many black beetles same shape as red - are they immature reds? Also despite planting a now 2 year old garden where there were many bee's are counting bee's on one hand. Is it still too early - feel most concerned as love the buzz of early summer - maybe we have to wait until the lavender flowers.
    PS. As I only have one big fragrant lily in a pot how did they find us?
  • Have just planted runner beans around 2 wigwams in our new garden (had to dig up the lawn first). They were very slow in growing at first but now seem to growing much better - although I am having to help them latch onto the canes. My first attempt at vegetable growing so fingers crossed.
  • Hi
    I'm really not into this whole thing about planting seedlings out whilst still in their loo-roll pots, if the soil gets at all dry the card tends to become pretty well inpenetrable, and root growth is likely to be restricted....and confined within a loo roll I am sure life would soon get pretty difficult! I'd advise growing them in small pots or cells and then planting them out in the usual way......and yes, it is not uncommon to have to tie young beans in initially. Until their growth comes into contact with the support they cannot twine around it as the relevant growth response is not initiated.
  • This year I too planted my beans into loo rolls, starting them off in the greenhouse, but am not at all impressed with their progress. Next year I shall plant them straight into the ground, as I always have done in the past.
  • This year i have grown early potatoes in tubs so far i have had a very low yeild from them what should we expect from three tubers per tub

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  • In mid wales I plant all my seeds in polystyrene cups (£1 for 50)they then stay in the greenhouse or polytunnel until the roots start appearing at the bottom.
    At present I have Broad beans from pots in flower and beans starting to appear, my runners are 10" high and have only been in the ground for 2 weeks and French beans are starting to romp away and the cauli, cabbage and sprouts are shooting up. Have also picked 3lb of Strawberries from the Polytunnel Way to go !!!!
  • I planted some veg seeds in these bio-degradable pots and the remainder of my seeds in normal seed trays and pots.Having transplanted them to raised beds I have found the ones in the biodegradable pots are much slower to grow.Covered with cloches until late May,all my veg are slow growing this year despite the warm weather.Do I need to feed them -I tried using tomato feed and I am going to use chicken pellets.Is this a good Idea, as I want my veg organic.My broad beans are growing after an initial pest was eating the leaves...not found the culprit Any suggestions? however,a home made insectiside of water and garlic sprayed onto the leaves and netting around the beans seemed to deter the culprit.My potatoes are in grow bags but plentiful of tall leaves but small potatoes still...they are supposed to be earlies!!!Happy Gardening
  • Ive planted all my potatoes in old compost bags this year and have 13 of them all together!Everytime I harvest a bag I make a note of what they were, the yield and the date harvested just out of interest really. So far ive had two harvests of just under 900g and todays was 1228g, they are small but enough to feed a family of four for one meal and little bit more.
    What I was wondering is what can I do with all this compost after its been used for the spuds? (bearing in mind i dont have a compost bin) is it possible to put a single brassica plant in each bag of compost? they are 35ltr bags. I would love to have some greens in time for Xmas
  • I put the spent potato compost on the garden where I am growing flowers as long as there wasn't any blight.
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