Prepare for runner beans
Lay the groundwork by sorting out trenches, says Lucy
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