Now hereâ€™s a questionâ€¦.do you plant your runner bean (or any bean) seeds the right way upâ€¦.you just bung em in right? Thatâ€™s fine because Mother Nature is brilliant and she sorts them out, however if you want to save her the bother, see that the little scar in the dip of the bean this is actually where the root comes from, so when you sow this ought to be planted facing down.Â Who knew!
Iâ€™ve never really thought about it, but actually I plant mine sideways, itâ€™s just the way I hold them, (so not so much tossing and turning for her to do!) I push them into a pot of compost about 2in down with my finger.
However you do it, if you are keen to harvest early crops, are gardening in the north or on heavy soils start sowing indoors fromÂ mid-April, a greenhouse or window sill will do, and plant outÂ from late May.Â Â You can sow directly into permanent positions once the soil has reached 12Â°C (54Â°F), which is usually by mid-May in the south, and a couple weeks later in the north any time up to the end July. Â Â Sowing in July as well as in April/May prolongs the harvest; youâ€™ll have beans until the first frosts.
They will need something to climb up; I prefer a bamboo wigwam affair.
How do you sow yoursâ€¦let me know