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How to keep runner beans cropping

Keep picking for beans until the first frosts

It’s been a good year for runner beans – I chose Flavourstar from Johnsons, a white-flowering variety bred to set easily even in poor weather conditions.

I’d always recommend white-flowering runner beans – where I live in NE England, summers are ofter cooler and cloudy and red-flowering beans often don’t ‘set’ (form pods). This can also happen when there is a lack of pollinators.

Flavourstar runner beans growing up the black wall
Flavourstar runner beans growing up the black wall

The black-painted wall absorbs heat during the day, slowly letting it radiate out at night, keeping the area a few degrees warmer. We had a very early frost at the beginning of September, so the hard work in March paid dividends.

For more on runner beans see here. Enjoy the video!

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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