Last year, we had mixed luck with the runner beans we planted. This year, we are full of beans!
We are growing the Blue Lake Pole variety and they are coming along like a dream. Magic beans, indeed. And they have to be picked first thing in the lovely cool of the morning, in panda bear pjs. That's half the fun. The other half is a bean brunch- garden fresh beans stir fried in a bit of olive oil, garlic and sea salt. The girls eat them like chips and have coined their own term for it- 'chip-beans'. Whatever it takes to get the greens in, I am not complaining!
My beans were started in 13 litre plastic buckets, 3 to a pot in potting soil + a handful of neem fertiliser and perlite. A month into the growing season, I topped the pot up with some more fertiliser. They have not been fertilised any other way. The watering has been religious though- a good soaking around the base of the vines every other day until the cooler temperatures last.
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