Pre­pare for run­ner beans

Lay the ground­work by sort­ing out trenches, says Lucy

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

FOR some veg crops, suc­cess is all about lay­ing down the right foun­da­tions. While the likes of radishes and salad leaves might ger­mi­nate, grow and be har­vested in a flash, oth­ers are in it for the long-term, and run­ner beans be­long to the lat­ter group. Sown in April, these vig­or­ous plants will keep on crop­ping from July un­til Novem­ber if they’re looked af­ter prop­erly – so that’s a lot of beans!

The key to their longevity is to de­velop a strong, ex­ten­sive root sys­tem so they can carry a size­able crop even in the midst of sum­mer droughts and au­tumn chills. As gar­den­ers, we can en­cour­age this by get­ting their plant­ing bed pre­pared now, to en­cour­age max­i­mum root growth. Here’s what you can do (see right).

Dig bean trenches now for a great crop next year Run­ner Bean‘St Ge­orge’ is one va­ri­ety that pro­duces heavy yields

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