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22/05/2014 at 15:55

Is it too early to plant out the runners and French beans that are growing in pots? Here in Essex we don't tend to get late frosts. I've greenhouse grown them and hardened off in readiness, but they are growing tall so fast. Anyone else put theirs out yet?

22/05/2014 at 16:32

I think they should be fine now

22/05/2014 at 16:57

Mine have gone out too and they are shooting away.

22/05/2014 at 17:17

I'm in Essex - put my runners out 2 days ago and already they're well away.


22/05/2014 at 18:44

Thank you all, I'll do those straight away as we are due some rain and it will water them in.

22/05/2014 at 21:06

I'm in the North West and mine are going out at weekend.....I need the GH space! 

22/05/2014 at 21:18

Ooooer! I didn't even sow my seed until a week a go......

22/05/2014 at 21:21

I read the other day to sow the seeds now??  I was confused I must admit, they'll be just like Sweet Peas David and catch up......don't mollycoddle them though 

22/05/2014 at 21:32
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

I read the other day to sow the seeds now??  I was confused I must admit, they'll be just like Sweet Peas David and catch up......don't mollycoddle them though 


Yes, but your an enthusiastic learner, OL.....and I guess you'll be making a useful contribution to helping new gardeners, next season.

22/05/2014 at 22:00

Hmmm, do you really think so??  All I do is refer them to threads from the experts LOL 

22/05/2014 at 22:06
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

Hmmm, do you really think so??  All I do is refer them to threads from the experts LOL 


I'm sure!

The post count doesn't lie......OL = 3094 DK = 2114 and I've been around for yonks.

22/05/2014 at 22:22

That's just because I get bored watching repeats of car programmes David.....guess what's on TV now 

23/05/2014 at 11:03

My French beans have been out in the bed (in a warm, sunny spot) for over a week now and they are starting to get away quite nicely. On the other hand, in other years I have left them until late May to sow directly into the soil, and they did well that way too. If yours look ready, then put them out now rather than let them outgrow their pots or get too thin and lanky.

23/05/2014 at 16:15

My runners & climbing french beans went into garden on Monday in S. Yorks been well watered in, it has hardly stopped raining. Pigeons had a scrag at one runner but main stem okay. I haven't netted as yet, don't usually have to, have spares in case of total chomp.  

23/05/2014 at 16:37

I put my runner beans in about 4 weeks ago. It's been quite mild here in Bristol with no frosts for many weeks. Pic below: they are climbing well.

Variety is Moonlight - a white flowered bean that the sparrows leave alone, are prolific, self fertile and incredibly tasty.

 I read somewhere that it is best to tie the canes low down so that the beans are easier to pick and they get more light & grow better so I am trying that this year.

23/05/2014 at 21:32

I'm so pleased that I have planted all mine today and already they are twirling round the trellis and canes. Some are up a tall south facing fence, the others on an A frame like the photo above.

I was well organised this year and started my beans off on a damp cloth overnight in the airing cupboard. They had shoots within 48 hours. I did this because they were seeds I had saved from plants I'd grown 2 years ago and I wasn't sure if they would grow. This way I could see which ones wanted to get going, and that the seeds were not too old.

23/05/2014 at 21:38

Here in West Somerset where it is very mild, I planted my hardened off beans (Runners and Climbing French) last week.  Even so, with cold winds, I fleeced them for a couple of nights, and they seem to be doing very well, even though a couple of the leaves show signs of cold!  

28/05/2014 at 07:37

what is the purpose of hardening exactly? to toughen against the weather or predators?

28/05/2014 at 07:43

To get the plants used to fluctuating temperatures, both higher and lower than they've been used to in a greenhouse or coldframe, so that soft lush growth put on in a protective environment isn't get damaged by cold temperatures or scorched by strong sunlight.

An incidental result of the plant having tougher leaves may make it marginally less palatable to slugs, but only marginally 

28/05/2014 at 08:55

My runners (sown late April in loo roll tubes in the g/h) have been out a fortnight and are doing fine.  But then we've had no frost since I don't know when, and not a lot then. (N Liverpool).  The climbing French all rotted in their tubes due to over-watering by the dutiful residents so I've sown some more at the base of the sweetcorn - which went out at the same time.  So far, none of them have much slug damage but I'm regretting not having scattered slug pellets befor going away for a week.

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