Runner Beans: How to grow
Runner beans, like peas, are far tastier when they are grown in the garden, compared to those you buy in the shops.
They are easy to grow and produce great crops.
Runner beans do best in an open, sunny position.
They will grow in quite poor soil, but do best in a soil that has had manure, such as Gro-Sure Farmyard Manure, dug into it the previous autumn.
Runner beans are usually sown from April to June.
Keep on top of weeds by hoeing and water regularly once the first pods have formed.
Young plants need protection from slugs. Use Eraza Slug and Snail Killer.
Harvest once the pods reach 15-20cm (6-8 inches) long.
Continue to harvest on a daily basis to ensure continued production.
Don’t allow pods to mature on the plant as they will go stringy and will stop the plant from producing more runner beans.
Keep the plant well watered.
Once the plants have finished producing runner beans, dig the bases of the stems and roots back into the soil to act as a green manure.