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Planting-out Runner Beans

By Mwillis
Now that my second big raised bed is finished, I have not wasted any time in filling it.
Planting-out Runner Beans
 It now plays host to this year's Runner Beans, supported as usual by a framework of 8-foot bamboo canes.
Planting-out Runner Beans
I have put in 7 pairs of canes. The task was easier than usual this year, because I was able to stand on the wide timbers, allowing me to put in the horizontal top cane without too much stretching!
Planting-out Runner Beans
Planting-out Runner Beans
With the exception of those at the end of each row, each cane will support one Runner Bean plant.
Planting-out Runner Beans
Along one side I have 5 plants of "Enorma", grown from seeds bought at the Hampshire Potato Day back in January.
Planting-out Runner Beans
And along the other side I have 5 plants whose official name I don't know, but which I have called "Jed's", because they are grown from seeds given to me by my Mother-in-Law's neighbor Jed Higson, about whose shed I once wrote.
Planting-out Runner Beans
The canes at the ends of the rows will each support two French Bean plants, which are smaller than the Runners. I have some of "Kew Blue", which is a purple-podded variety:
Planting-out Runner Beans
And I have some of "Kentucky Wonder", a green-podded variety.
Planting-out Runner Beans
I have also sown some of my old favourites "Cobra" which I will try to squeeze in as well.

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