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Talkback: How to plant out runner beans

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 19:23

One tip I picked up recently was that if you're going to use the tepee or wigwam approach for supports, leave out a cane or two, so it's more like a 'c' shape. That way, it's much easier to get in and pick beans that are on the inside of the structure. Similarly, if you're growing a row, fix the canes in an 'x' shape.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 18:56

Grim through most of the day here on the southern edge of Dartmoor. Potted on some courgettes in the greenhouse, found some tent pegs to anchor down netting for mangetouts and sweet peas which went out into the garden on Monday.

Sieved a load of potting compost in preparation for more potting on tomorrow.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 17:41
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Hi Pam-another famiiar face-are you having the mice on toast-they taste a bit like chicken

Which bit?

Feathers in Compost?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 14:21
Well I've tried it. I think it did make a wee bit of difference.

Do you consider gardening to be like art?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 14:13
Not sure whether it's art, but is certainly creative.

Favourite tools

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 14:11
Hand fork, trowel, secateurs, Japanese onion hoe, and a mini crowbar are the tools I use most. Have a border fork and spade too, but my soil is very light and free draining. The mini crowbar is great for levering clumps of crocosmia out of my dry stone walls, and weeding cobbles. But the most life- enhancing is a pair of Velcro strapped knee protectors. I always found kneeling pads a bit of a hassle. Mind you, the knee protectors are so comfy that it's easy to forget you're wearing them, and I have found myself downtown with them on. Whoops!

Feathers in Compost?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 13:59
I've done this, and yes, does take some time to break down. Bloke persuaded me to cut his hair at the weekend, I put that in the compost bin, much to his horror. There's a big clump of it right on the top, looks like I've buried him alive in there...

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 13:56
My sweet pepper seeds took about a month longer to germinate than my tomatoes. Only just developing first set of true leaves. Went to the local agricultural store yesterday - they have a huge polytunnel with veg seedlings, I pop in to see how I'm doing with my own. Their sweet peppers are at least 6" high, I don't know how they do it! But theirs broad beans and peas were pathetic. I've already planted mine out.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 12:14
Off to the greenhouse for me, I've got some courgettes,squash and cucumber seedlings which seem to have ground to a halt so hopefully new quarters will chubby them on a bit. Also have some calendula, tagetes and cosmos to move on. Managed to plant out mange tout, regular and sweet peas on Monday, they seem to be surviving. Too blustery and horrid to do anything else out there...but anything's better than ironing!

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 12:08
Just taken out a black kale which a) had run to seed and b) had flopped over an Oriental poppy. The flowers so pretty though, have filled a vase with them. Am sure I'll regret it in a day or so, rotting brassica smell not my favourite. Amazed how quickly things are germinating now, have peas ready to go out, potted on early march sown toms, deploying cloches over planting sites. Better get back out there before the next downpour.
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