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 my first runner bean plants, any tips?

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  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Wig-wam (triangular shaped) supports are much stronger than the shape you have there, unless you have a very sheltered site.  I don't!

  • iv only just planted the seeds straight into the ground, not got a greenhouse, so just planted them in the ground and hope for the bestm

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,651

    I often sow my runner beans direct into the soil and if the weather is reasonable they seem to catch up with those that are started off inside.

    As Welshonion says, you might need to strengthen your support, perhaps with some canes braced at an angle at the ends, when the beans get to the top - they can be very heavy and catch the wind.  But don't worry, that won't be difficult to do. image

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  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    If they pop up before your area is frost free, it might be an idea to have some plastic bottles saved up that you can just cut up and pop over as mini cloches - but you need a hole for ventilation. 

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