runner bean 'Lady Di'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: deep and fertile with reliable moisture
The long, slender beans of this productive scarlet-flowered variety are slow to develop seeds, meaning pods can stay on the plant for longer before they become tough giving you more time to pick them. The stringless dark green pods grow to around 30cm long and have an excellent flavour: harvest young to enjoy them at their most tender. The flowers are edible too and make a colourful garnish.
- Growing Instructions:Choose a spot in full sun with the richest soil you can provide: dig in plenty of well-rotted organic matter before planting. From late spring sow seeds direct 5cm deep and about 20cm apart and support with sturdy hazel bean poles. Protect seedlings from slugs and squash blackfly as soon as they appear on shoot tips. Runner beans make very beautiful and productive annual climbers in the ornamental garden too: grow on fences or up wigwams in the flower borders.
- Sow: April-June
- Harvest: July-October
- Approximate quantity: 45 seeds.
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Q:What veg can I grow with my runner beans?
Dad has grown runner beans on the same patch for years. Is it ok to grow leeks, kohlrabi, carrots and sprouts on this patch or even courgettes? I am trying to get a crop rotation underway but there is limited space.Asked on 22/3/2005 by Jan Hamilton-Taylor
A:The purpose of crop rotation is to reduce build-up of soil borne pests and diseases, and continuous cropping of the same vegetable can lead to an inbalance of soil nutrients. The plants you mention should be fine to grow in the same spot as the beans this year, but you will need to add plenty of organic matter to the area before planting and I wouldn't recommend growing the carrots or sprouts in the same spot next year. Even if the area is small, it really will help if you can try and work out a crop rotation to avoid problems in the future.Answered on 23/3/2005 by Crocus
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