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Runner Beans

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Beans prefer rich soil in a sunny location and need regular watering. They are fairly fragile and should not be sown until all frost danger has passed and the soil remains above 65�F. Seeds are planted 1� inches deep, every 2 to 3 inches in rows 24 inches apart. Runner and climbing beans require some structure or trellising, as illustrated in the picture. Usually a system of canes (about 2.4m) is erected. These are usually arranged in parallel rows with the tops of the canes tightly secured on to a horizontal cane. They should be harvested when the pods are a maximum of 20cm (8in) long. First crops can be harvested from July onwards. Cropping of all types can continue until the first frosts, or longer if plants are protected. Pictured near Wyboston Bedfordshire July 2005.

20th Aug 2005 by Diane Earl

Biology, Geography, Science

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Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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