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Beans done a runner


After all the hard work so far sowing seed in pots and raising in our conservatory, I finally planted out the runner beans, with all the hot weather we had, felt it was time to plant them out, I put the canes up last weekend in preparation.

Then disaster struck, after planting them out after work yesterday evening, found that doves had pecked off every leaf (they were about 8 inches tall when I transplanted them). After a few minutes upset stomping around in my wellies having a pow wow with the cane wigwam, I pulled myself together and went to plan B, I planted some beans directly in the prepared ground, I tented the canes with fleece, securing the wrap with wooden pegs and the base with steel ground pegs. Stood back and grinned at my effort then went on to collect eggs. Then the man upstairs decided to have a laugh by opening up his heavens and blew an almighty windy storm and here on the flat wild fens, a windy wet storm can really hit hard, my shining white wigwam swaying with the pull of the fleece, my bean tent had suddenly turned into a sailing wreck on puddled mud and finally collapsed like a parachute……. what can I say, hard work and persistance continues with a passion, or maybe its the sheer challenge of beating the elements and all those beasties that are there to torment the gardener. Thank goodness for my potting shed where bad times become a happy hour, serving up a wee dram :-)

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Oh dear, I know the feeling thou... couple of years ago I grew all me runners ready and it was a lovely sunny day so I thought right nows the time to plant em out, well just finished planting them and god decided it was time to hale and the leaves just got ripped to shreads! This year not havin much luck with them either, I grew them too early so planted them out but they're not growing up the canes... I know why too, we've moved to a new house and the garden is so full of builders rubble which they've kindly hidden under a skimpy layer of top soil so the beans routes can't settle down. I discovered the builders rubble/concrete when I started digging up the turf to form me veg plot - typical! I went in me potting shed and cried cos it took me over 1 week to dig the ground. never mind the lettuce are growing well - thanx god :-)

15 May, 2007


AHH... I have fallen foul of slugs - all my beans are decimated. I am beginning to have a sense of humour failure with these pesky is just so annoying. I'll try next year I think - no wonderful fresh eggs and cosy potting shed to cheer me up either. ;(

15 Jun, 2007


Yep It happened to me last year snails and slugs got my runner beans twice Very disheartning

30 Jan, 2009


mine were eaten by something i was gutted but have planted a few other things i just need to be a bit more careful. keep trying though.

13 Jun, 2012

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