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Brill idea for runnerbeans

artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

My clever neighbours came round today and told me they have built an archway OVER the main path through their veg bed to plant their runner beans. This will only steal about 20cm from the beds each side to grow a whole load of runners. Will try to get pics in next few days.image



  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    If you cement the feet of the arches into pop bottles and bury them about a ft into the ground it adds strength to the structure.

    A cane attached to the middle of the arch means you could grow 6 plants up each arch. I grew 18 plants that way last year using 5 or 6 different varieties of french/runner beans growing over 3 arches.  

    Jungleseeds did sell a bumper pack of different coloured beans last year at a really reasonable price and if you allow some of the plants to grow, for seeds, they save really well.

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    Oooo I like that idea might try it next year

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    If it ever stops raining I will take pics, the guy who built the arch is a builder so it will be rock solid.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    Would be nice to see some pictures...if I did pictures would post some too but I'm not sure how to load them onto the computer and can't find the instruction manual which came with the camera.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    zoomer, there should be a lead that goes from the camera into one of the 'ports' on the computer, the camera should be 'on'. Then hopefully your computer gives you instructions on how to transfer from camera to computer and asks you where you want to put them, I just put them in a file that exists in the computer called Pictures.. I always get my computer to delete all the pics on the camera after they have been transferred to the computer. When you have the pics in the computer, hopefully with labels like 'garden May 5 2013' then you can press the tree image next to the spell check when you are posting here and follow the instructions from there. I am not a techy at all, but I can manage to upload photos.

  • JengilJengil Posts: 35

    I got that very idea from a book and put an arch between 2 of my raised veg beds last year for runner beans. It gives me more space for dwarf beans. This year I am trying climbing nasturtiums with the runners.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Jengil, it sounds great; can we see photos?

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167


     This is all I had space for in my little veg garden for runners

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    image...that's not an arch image.....It's similar to the structure though which I'm using for pea's this year except I've used wooden latts instead of a cane rectangle at the top, with two latts secured in the middle of the shorter lengths, which run into the ground by about a ft. The canes attached to the rectangle are crossed in the middle like giant X 's.  

     I have three wide metal arches over the main garden path, growing beans on one side and climbers trained up the other side. The plants meet in the middle creating a canopy.

    Unlike a wigwam structure there isn't a mass of all the plants meeting at the top.

    Thanks for the tip about loading pics, now where is that lead....

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    Hmm, that's given me inspiration for more planting space for runners...might have to whizz off for a cople of cheapo arches tomorrow.

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