Ham­pered by the height of beans

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QCan I pinch out run­ner-bean plants so they grow bushy and not so high? It’s some­times hard to har­vest them with ease!

Bob and Anne Tay­lor, Mid­dle­ton, Manch­ester

ADead­head­ing your beans won’t stop side shoots grow­ing to 7ft (2.1m) or more and be­com­ing en­tan­gled when they ex­ceed sup­port height.

The only an­swer to prevent­ing a con­ges­tion of stem tips and bent pods is to lengthen the sup­ports, which may mean that you will have to har­vest them us­ing a steplad­der.

Al­ter­na­tively, grow climb­ing French beans which, in my ex­pe­ri­ence, do not climb as high as run­ner beans.

Tall run­ner beans are hard to pick

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