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Runner Beans: How to grow

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.

Try growing varieties ‘Scarlet Emperor’ or ‘Hestia’, which are perfect for growing in a container on the patio.

Step 1

Runner Beans: How to grow - Step 1

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.

Step 2

Runner Beans: How to grow - Step 2

The ground needs to be prepared by adding Gro-Sure Farmyard Manure.

Garden Lime should also be used if the soil is acidic and Growmore Fertiliser raked in.

Sow in drills 23cm (9 inches) apart and 5cm (2 inches) deep. Leave space for supports between drills.

Step 3

Runner Beans: How to grow - Step 3

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.

Step 4

Runner Beans: How to grow - Step 4

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.

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