A Big Thank You to Allan
Last year I saved my runner bean seeds from Allan but they developed mould and had to be thrown away.
Allan @ronvalley kindly sent me a new batch in the post and these were sown rather later than usual due to our cold snap in spring.
I usually sow in deep pots or root trainers but Allan sowed the original ones he gave to me on the top of the compost in a seed tray so I thought I would try growing them both ways.
From this I found that the ones in deeper pots germinated quicker, but that with the surface sown ones that the germination rate was more successful.
Due to our poor spring I did not get a chance to do a proper runner bean trench so I had to transplant them to the vegetable patch with just some home made compost dug into the soil towards the end of May just as the summer heat started to set in.
Whilst the fantastic summer we had was very welcome it did however start to take its toll on the watering front with everything needing watering almost every day but it also ensured that I fed everything on a regular basis too, so the runner beans were given low nitrogen feed on a regular basis which helped to make up for the lack of a proper bean trench.
The beans grew well and produced a good crop which we always enjoy, but to get to my real point of thanking Allan……
I had noticed that there was a competition being run by Mr Fothergill’s seeds for the longest runner bean and thought why not give it a go, so I did, and thank’s to Allan’s fantastic beans I came 2nd with a runner bean measuring 24″ / 61 cm, so a very big thank you Allan, your beans are not only tasty but winners too