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Hi all, 

i'm hoping you can help me answer some questions which i cannot seem to find the answers too online.

I am starting to grow my own few plants for the first time this year. I am limited on space so i'm going to be doing it all in containers. 

The one thing i'm having trouble finding out is wether i can grow runner beans in a reusable tomato grow bag like this

 The bags measures: 16.5" x 14" 

I have bought 2 already to put my tomato plants in them. 

If they are big enough to use, how many runner beans per bag?





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  • thanks, il take this on board, i could always try getting a slightly bigger size bag for the beans just incase. I am intending on growing them up canes.

    As for the tomato plants can i happily get 2 in this size bag? (16.5" x 14")

    thanks for some info!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,880

    Hi Kassie image

    Is this the sort of thing you intend to use?  That looks quite substantial compared with the usual type of growbag.  

    I'd have a go at the runner beans if I were you, but remember they do need quite a bit of water - I'd use a loam based compost rather than the multi-purpose types.  It will hold the moisture better and it will also be heavier and provide more stability.  Tall bean plants with lots of leaves will catch the wind and blow over unless the base is very weighty.  

    In a previous garden when I was very pushed for space I grew all sorts of veg in containers, including dwarf French beans and Borlotti Firetongue beans - I grew them in large plastic crates - the sort that are used for recycling bottles etc.  We drilled lots of holes in the bottom and stood them on bricks to make sure the drainage worked. 

    Good luck image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • yes, these are the things! ok, i think im going to use this type of container and get better compost for them. My garden gets good sun but is also sheltered from the winds as it has a very high wall and fence either side image 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,880

    I think for runner beans I'd use John Innes No. 2 loam-based compost.  They should be fine in your garden - my little patch was north-facing and we still got quite decent crops. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • GWRSGWRS Posts: 7,787

    Have you thought about using water retention gel , mixed in with the compost

    Best of luckimage

  • No i haven't, all new to me image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,880

    Don't hesitate to come back and ask about anything you're not sure of Kassie and let us know how you get on image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Ok, so i have started planning what i'm going to do:

    Im going to put 3 runner beans into the one grow bag (16.5" x 14")

    one tomato plant per a grow bag (16.5" x 14") im growing the 'money maker' i will have two in total.

    My carrots are currently growing in a trough which measures 16" long but only 6" deep - im guessing these are tiny carrots or that they need to be moved into a deeper container? Advice on this please

    I have 10 pepper seedlings growing in another trough which also measures 16" long but only 6" deep, i have read a 30 cm pot is adequate for one plant, so will one plant be ok to stay in this trough? and to plant a second one in another pot. I am only planning on keeping around 2 of each plant. Advice on this please

    As for growing my herbs, i am going to be growing Basil, coriander, chives and parsley. I was wondering if i can grow them individually in small 20cm pots or is this too small?





  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I use this type of bag for my toms and there is a problem; the soil is not deep enough to support canes and heavy crops! Last year my toms looked like a load of drunks on the way back from the pub. This year am going to make a structure from pressure treated timber that will support the canes.image

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