Beans (Runner) Growing Guide

Beans (Runner), also known as Pole beans

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 

Soil

Rich soil, well-drained but with plenty of organic matter to retain moisture.

Position

Sun or partial shade.

Frost tolerant

No.

Feeding

Rarely required.

Companions

Marigold, Lovage, Petunia, Potatoes, Carrot and Cucumber. Jane recommends all root crops, aubergine, lettuce, cucumber

Spacing

Single Plants: 25cm (9") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 35cm (1' 1") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow directly in the garden.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Strong supports needed for climbing varieties. Supply plenty of water to the roots from flowering through to harvest.

Harvesting

Pick pods young before they get stringy. To save seeds, allow selected pods to mature on the plants until papery, then pick and dry indoors

Troubleshooting

Leaf-eating beetles can trun the leaves into confetti overnight. Either hand pick them (they come out at night) or if there are too many, use a pyrethrum based spray

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Beans (Runner)