Runner beans.

cowslip2cowslip2 Posts: 96

For several years I have been growing Runner Beans in containers, this is just to have an extra supply near the house, and indeed for interest. As there is a plentiful supply of farm yard manure I always place a generous amount in the base, and top up with J.I. No 3. This is very successful, but I just wondered if other gardeners do this, and if they use any other feed at any time during the growing season, so as to maximize the quantity of this delicious vegetable.



  • Chris9Chris9 Posts: 93

    Hi Cowslip2

    I know nothing about growing runner beans but next spring I will spring will try to grow some beans in containers, I am interested in which containers you use for your beans and how do you tie them up, I think ours will go against a fence.



  • Pennine PetalPennine Petal Posts: 1,541
    My dad used to grow great runner beans, rows not containers and he always made a trench in winter and threw in all the vegetable peelings. Then he put the soil on top and planted. I wonder if it would work with containers.
  • Pennine PetalPennine Petal Posts: 1,541
    I think I might try it next year, I have an old plastic dustbin with a climbing rose that is not doing too well, I could put beans in it.
  • Pennine PetalPennine Petal Posts: 1,541
    Already in, but I will replace the compost and just make sure that it is well drained.

    Cowslip we could do a trial and see how it compares with your methods this year.
  • We usually have a pot of runner beans in addition to the ones in the garden. My OH fills a large container, this year it was a terracotta pot about 18"across the top, with homemade compost, but any good compost will do. This year we put 4 beans in that he had left over from setting out the row, scabby things he said, didn't know if they would do any good. The results have been as good as the ones in the garden, in fact they were a little earlier. The most important thing to do is to water EVERY day, don't let them dry out and to feed twice a week with any plant food. ie proprietary flower food or tomato food. He puts long canes in the pot  for them to grow up and ties it to the gutter on the lean-to. With a bit of luck you should have plenty of beans.image

  • We have had amazing success with runner beans, purely by accident!  My daughter germinated bean seeds to show at school as part of a science topic.  We just plonked the young plants near some sunflowers we had in a tub.  They have twirled around the sunflowers, and we have just had some for tea - already frozen some for later in the year.  The other plants I put, rather hopefully, in a shady border and these too have been successful.  They are clinging to the ivy that grows on the fence.  I have fed them and watered them virtually daily but didn't dig a trench etc, just poked them into the soil!

  • cowslip2cowslip2 Posts: 96

    Yes Penninepetal, I will be doing the same thing next year all being well,  so watch this space! My largest pots are eighteen inches across, and smaller ones only about twelve. It is a darn problem with the wind blowing them to one side. use plenty of canes ,I say.!

  • steephillsteephill Posts: 510

    Leave some pods to mature and with luck you will get a nice crop of beans to use in stews etc. They freeze well too.

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